India’s energy consumption is the fourth largest worldwide after Russia. Unlike Russia, India is also facing an accelerated urban transition. Today, 30% of the population lives in an urban environment and 23 cities have a population over 100,000. By 2050, 60% of the populating will live in an urbanized area (from villages to major cities). As such, the time to develop accommodating infrastructure is now.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests’ secretary, JM Mauskar, said that “green buildings [are needed] for bridging the growing gap between energy demand and supply.” Very few environmental concerns have been raised during this accelerated growth, but businesses and governments are now intervening. Businesses are being informed of sustainable alternatives through the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The construction giant Raheja Builders has also pledged its support. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is currently working on dynamic rating systems for future green buildings.
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"Green buildings mandatory to meet energy demands: MoEF"
Published on Tehelka.com - March 28, 2012 - Author: Binny Sharma