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2015
National Conference on "Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Pollution Control" was held between 10th - 11th December 2015
A two day ‘National Conference on ‘Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Pollution Control’ was organized by SIES-Indian Institute of Environment Management jointly with Chromatographic society of India and SIES- Arts, Science and Commerce College, Nerul during December 10th -11th, 2015 at SIES Educational Complex, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. It was inaugurated by Prof. Shyam R. Asolekar, Centre for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, IIT Bombay, Mumbai as a Chief Guest and Mr. K. Nandakumar, Chairman & Managing Director, Chemtrols Industries Ltd., Mumbai as a Guest of Honour. Total hundred delegates from Industry, Academic Institutions, Research Institutions, Government departments participated in the Conference.
Conference welcome Speech was delivered by Dr. Seema Mishra, Director, SIES- IIEM wherein she briefed about the SIES group and achievement of SIES- IIEM in the fields of research and development. Mr. S. V. Viswanathan, Joint Honorary Secretary, SIES has emphasized on the severity of Environmental pollution day by day and he focussed on the role of S&T in pollution control. Dr. G. Ramakrishnan, President, Chromatographic Society of India and Hon. Director, SIES- Institute of Chromatography and Spectroscopy briefed on the role environmental monitoring and instrumentation techniques with the increasing environmental pollution and climate change. Dr. Devayani Savant, Deputy Director, SIES- IIEM delivered the concept and idea of conference. She remarked that the conference on this topic is very important to deal with the problems related to pollution and to discuss on the current advances in the fields of conference theme. She briefed that in the conference researchers, academicians, students, policy planners and industries are participating on a common platform. Prof. Shyam R. Asolekar while inaugurating the Conference said that the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 is taking place in Paris, France from 31st November to 12th December 2015 to for global reduction of climate change. He emphasized the role of researchers in identifying new avenues for the control of environmental pollution and emission of green house gases for sustainable management of environment. He said that discussions in Conference should help to establish a linkage between researchers, academia, industries and policy planners.
Inaugural function of National Conference on “Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Pollution Control”
Address by Guest of honour was delivered by Mr. K. Nandakumar. He stressed on the role of instrumentation techniques and research in the control of environmental pollution. Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Pooja Desai, Assistant Professor, SIES- Arts, Science and Commerce College, Nerul. During the conference four plenary lectures, 11 invited lectures, 7 contributory oral presentations and 26 poster presentations were presented and discussed in five technical sessions over two days. Fifth session was a panel discussion. An exhibition was also arranged during the conference with participation from industries viz. Chemtrols Industries Ltd., Mettler Toledo, Merck Millipore, Trident Industries and Marsap Services Ltd. Session- wise details are presented as under.
Plenary Lectures
Four Plenary lectures were organized during the conference. The details are as-
  1. A lecture on the topic, ‘Limits of Science & Technology for Environmental Protection’ was delivered by Prof. Shyam R. Asolekar on 10th December 2015. In his lecture he emphasized on the need of environmental pollution control and resource management by using sustainable solutions. Life cycle assessment and other approaches of environment management are imperative for the generation of appropriate technology.
  2. ‘Instrumentation techniques in the monitoring of organic pollutants from environment’ was delivered by Dr. G. Ramakrishnan in his lecture on 10th December 2015. He discussed about the significance of different instrumentation techniques viz. HPLC, GC. GCMS etc. in the monitoring of organic environmental pollutants and different EPA guidelines.
  3. Dr. Premchand S. Jain delivered his lecture on the topic, ‘Instrumentation techniques in the monitoring of inorganic pollutants from environment’ on 11th December 2015. The role of atomic absorption spectrophotometer and ICP was discussed in his lecture in detail.
  4. Dr. Ramvir Sharma presented about ‘Recent technological development of ground ionisation for dispersion of smog / fog’ by an European country and he informed the gathering that the technology will be demonstrated in India very soon. On successful of demo, there is a hope to use the technology for improving air quality or clean environment in limited way.
Technical Session I:
Monitoring and Instrumentation Techniques in Water Quality Management
This Session was chaired by Dr. D. V. Prabhu, Adjunct Faculty, University of Mumbai. This session had two invited and 4 contributory presentations. First invited lecture in this session was delivered by Dr. Chitanya Sathe, ABC Techno Labs India Pvt. Ltd. on the topic, ‘Monitoring of waste water – a tool for performance optimization of effluent treatment plant. He gave details of the stepwise treatment of waste water and illustrated the use of ETP monitoring by interesting case studies of textile processing and dairy units. He emphasised the role of automation in analysis and the advantages of online measurement of pH, DO and TOC. The most effective monitoring of waste water can be done by adopting stage wise monitoring. An invited lecture on the topic, ‘Current perspectives in marine pollution monitoring and assessment’ was delivered by Dr. Anirudh Ram from National Institute of Oceanography, Mumbai. He discussed the causes of degradation of marine water and gave valuable information about different types of sampling techniques and monitoring of water.He cited case studies of monitoring of ammonia(N) and mercury in Thane creek and mercury in the Ulhas estuary. He stressed that results obtained by experiment should be validated before publication. Dr. Srinivas Chilukuri, Consultant, SIES- IIEM, Nerul delivered his talk on ‘Photochemical methods in water treatment’. He gave details of the use of environmentally friendly photochemical processes for waste water treatment with special reference to the Photo-Fenton process. He also explained the salient features of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) which are oxidation reactions mediated by OH radicals.
A lecture on the topic, ‘Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles and their applications’ was delivered by Dr. Manju Phadke, SIES- ASC, Sion (W). She gave a very lucid presentation of the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles which were used as a disinfectant in a village, Chemically synthesised nanoparticles were found to be ineffective for antibiotic activity as compared to green synthesized nanoparticles.
Dr. Devayani Savant, SIES- IIEM, Nerul has delivered a lecture on the topic, ‘Recent advances in monitoring of anaerobic reactors’. She discussed in detail the recent advances in anaerobic reactors. Anaerobic digestion is a carbon neutral technology which, on treatment with waste, produces biogas. She compared the advantages of anaerobic treatment over aerobic treatment of waste. Dr Savant also discussed advanced monitoring methods available.
Dr. Saumya Singh delivered a lecture on the topic, ‘Addressing issues of drinking water quality and its management using GIS: case study of Allahabad city’ discussed the issues of drinking water quality and its management using GIS. She gave a clear idea about the GIS concept and the methodology used for GIS based water recharge. The water quality of Allahabad City has been monitored on an experimental basis using GIS. The experiment could be replicated in other cities of our country.
Major recommendations of this session were-
  • Online stage wise monitoring of waste water should be implemented.
  • Validation of results before publication.
  • Process optimization for the photochemical method and anaerobic treatment of waste water.
  • Utilization of GIS as a tool for the identification of water recharging zones.
  • Need for the application of bio nano particles in the treatment of waste water.
Technical session II
Monitoring and Instrumentation Techniques in Air Quality Management
There were three presentations in this session.
Shri S.C. Kollur, Scientific Officer from MPCB gave a presentation on “Air pollution monitoring and control”. He elaborated that all pollution rules and regulations exist in the country and all pollution data of various states are being uploaded at CPCB. He stated lacking of the integration of all measurements being undertaken by various agencies like NMMC / MCPB etc. On a query he replied that the pollution data for any location if available with MPCB that can be shared for any research.
Second presentation was made by Dr Gufran Beig, Scientist –G from Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune on “Air quality forecasting Research in India”. He highlighted about the initiative taken in common wealth game when location specific weather and air quality information was displayed for public information .He mentioned that the project “SAFAR” has been extended to various cities including Mumbai and Navi-Mumbai and various displays have been installed in the mega city for public display about Air quality index ( AQI) and if AQI exceeds certain specific limits, the warning to public is also displays . “Safar” data can be downloaded through APPs/ through website for any location.
Dr Radha Goyal, Head Indian Pollution Control Association, New Delhi, presented her paper on “Monitoring of indoor air pollution with focus on sampling techniques and analysis”. She mentioned the importance of indoor air quality measurements for health safety and the proper ventilation as one of the basic consideration for indoor AQI besides aerodynamics around the building.
Major recommendations:
  1. Integration of pollution data being measured by various agencies in the states.
  2. Data from SAFAR project and MPCB can be used by research students/ participants for carrying out scientific analysis of increasing pollution in Greater Mumbai.
  3. More research on indoor air pollution monitoring.
Technical Session III:
Poster Presentations
Total 27 posters by undergraduate, post graduate and research students were presented.
Technical Session IV:
Monitoring and Instrumentation Techniques in Soil Pollution Control and Solid Waste Management
The session was chaired by Prof. Satish Bhalerao, University of Mumbai.
Mr. Sharad Gaur delivered his invited talk on the topic, Municipal solid waste management and environmental pollution control’ wherein he gave a comprehensive detail about the municipal solid waste generation in India, advanced techniques in its management and monitoring techniques.
Mr. Somanth Malgar from Mumbai Waste Management delivered his invited talk on the topic, ‘Instrumentation techniques in the monitoring of hazardous waste’. He described about different techniques in the management of hazardous wastes.
Dr. Seema Mishra, SIES- IIEM delivered her talk on the topic, ‘Monitoring of soil quality with pond ash amendment’. She emphasized that pond ash is categorized under high volume less toxic waste and could utilized as a soil amendment but proper monitoring of soil quality before amendment of any industrial waste is prerequisite. She presented her case study of field studies on onion crop with organic and biofertilizers wherein improvement of crop yield, soil fertility and nutrient uptake was observed without any toxic effect.
Major recommendations:
  1. Implementation of mechanization for the segregation and management of municipal solid waste.
  2. Proper characterization of hazardous waste for the pollution control.
  3. Need of standards for soil or land pollution.
  4. Characterization of soil for physico- chemical properties before amendment of industrial wastes.
Technical Session V:
Panel Discussion
Monitoring of Sector Specific Environmental Contaminants and Role of Environment Management
The session was chaired by Dr. G. Ramakrishnan, President, Chromatographic Society of India and Hon. Director SIES- Institute of Chromatography and Spectroscopy.
Mr. S. V. Viswanathan, Joint Honorary Secretary, SIES has delivered his lecture on the topic, ‘Developmental activities and sustainable environment management: a need for paradigm shift’. He emphasized on the increasing environmental pollution day by day and role of Environmental Management Techniques viz. Environmental Management Systems, Life Cycle Assessment and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Dr. G. G. Pandit, Head, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Section, BARC delivered her lecture on the topic, ‘Analytical techniques for monitoring of pollutants in the environment’. She elaborated on the monitoring of organic and inorganic pollutants and instrumentation techniques. She presented case studies from her research at BARC on in the monitoring of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and organo chlorine pesticides.
Dr. Gita Vanage, Scientist F, NIRRH, Mumbai presented her talk on the topic, ‘Monitoring of environmental toxins in human system’. She covered xenobiotics and endocrine disruptors as biological markers that can be measured in human system for any exposure. She also elaborated that toxico kinetics of contaminant is necessary to characterize biological variability that may be helpful in occupational exposure assessment.
Mr. Omkar Musale, Envirocare India Ltd. ‘Environmental monitoring in food industry’. He stressed on the analysis of pesticide residues in food product for not only maintaining export quality but also for domestic consumption. This will ensure food safety also.
Mr. Parag Vachhani, Merck Life Science Pvt. Ltd. ‘Environmental monitoring in pharma industry’. He elaborated that key areas of environmental monitoring in pharmacy industry are non- viable air monitoring, viable air monitoring, personnel monitoring and utility monitoring. He emphasized the role of environmental monitoring plan for pharmacy industries.
Valedictory session was conducted in the benign presence of by Mr. S. Ganesh, Hon. Secretary, SIES; Mr. M. V. Ramnarayan, Hon. Treasurer, SIES and Mr. S. V. Viswanathan, Joint Hon. Secretary, SIES. Mr. Ganesh emphasized the need of environment management for pollution control. He stressed on making habit for nature conservation and to make SIES Campus an Eco friendly campus. Mr. Ramnarayan in his speech said that such conferences should be a regular event for awareness generation on environment. The concluding remark of conference was delivered by Dr. G. Ramakrishnan and Vote of Thanks was given by Dr. Seema Mishra.
 
2014
One day workshop on ‘Water Supply, Quality Assessment, Treatment and Management’
A one day workshop on the topic, ‘Water Supply, Quality Assessment, Treatment and Management’ was organized on Friday, 31st October 2014 at SIES Educational Complex, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. Total 75 delegates registered from different environmental consultancies and colleges. The chief guest of inaugural session was Shri. S. K. Chotaliya, Additional Chief Engineer, CIDCO, Navi Mumbai and Guest of Honour was Mr. Subodh Bedre, Governing Council Member, SOSVA. Workshop welcome address was delivered by Dr. V. Ramachandhran, Associate Director, SIES- IIEM wherein he briefed about the SIES group and achievement of SIES- IIEM in the fields of research and development particularly in the field of water management. Mr. M. V. Ramnarayan, SIES Management Council Member, delivered a speech on the concept of workshop and stressed on the need of total water management. Mr. S. V. Viswanathan, Management Council Member, SIES while giving special address in inaugural session, emphasized on the water quality management and role of common people in it. Shri. S. K. Chotaliya, Additional Chief Engineer, CIDCO, Navi Mumbai while inaugurating the conference, presented the activites performed at City and Industrial Corporation on water management. He highlighted about the need of water management in Navi Mumbai due to gap in water availability. Special Guest Address was delivered by Mr. Subodh Bedre. He stressed on the need of awareness generation on water management in schools and at community level for conservation of water resources. Total six special lectures were organized on different aspects of water management.
Inaugural function of the one day workshop on the topic, ‘Water Supply, Quality Assessment, Treatment and Management’
 
National Conference on Fly Ash Utilization for sustainable Environment Management ( 16th - 17th January 2014)
A two day ‘National Conference on Fly Ash Utilization for Sustainable Environment Management’ was organized under the sponsorship of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board during January 16-17, 2014 at SIES Educational Complex, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. It was inaugurated by Dr. Vimal Kumar, Hon. Advisor, Centre for Fly Ash Research and Management, New Delhi as a Chief Guest and Mr. Kantilal Patel, Managing Director, Shree Narmada Aluminum Industries Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai as a Guest of Honour. A total of eighty five delegates from Industry, Academic Institutions, Research Institutions and Government departments participated in the Conference.
Chief Guest Dr. Vimal Kumar addressing the audience during the Inaugural function of FAUSEM 2014
Audience during Inaugural Session of FAUSEM-2014
 
2013
Awareness Programme on Disaster Management
A One day Awareness Programme on “Disaster Management” was organized on 17th December 2013. This event was jointly organized with SIES (Nerul) Arts Science & Commerce College and sponsored by United Nations Development Programme and Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation. The programme received participation from 85 delegates belonging to NMMC, JNPT, APM terminals, Ratnagiri Sub Centre of Mumbai University and students from SIES Arts, Science and Commerce College and SIES Indian Institute of Environment Management.
Honourable Mr. A.L. Jarhad, Municipal Commissioner, NMMC delivering his Inaugural Address
Audience in rapt attention during Mr. Jarhad’s speech
 
2012
National Conference on Water Purification Technologies & Management (InDACON 2012)
A National Conference on Water Purification Technologies & Management (InDACON 2012) was organized by the South Indian Education Society (Regd.) jointly with Indian Desalination Association at our Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Vidyapuram, Nerul campus on 8th & 9th February 2012. The Conference was inaugurated by Prof. Dr.R.Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India who also released the Conference Proceedings and the Souvenir containing the abstracts of contributory papers. Prof. Chidambaram in his inaugural address stressed the need for updating our technological competence in all areas relevant to human health, sustainable environment and energy sector. He gave examples of how modern technology could be blended with conventional wisdom to solve actual water problems in rural areas.
A total of 112 people participated in the National Conference. These included scientists, engineers from national research laboratories, working professionals from industries, teaching faculties and research workers from educational institutions and post graduate and engineering students. The Conference was conducted in five Technical Sessions over two working days. These five Technical Sessions were devoted to five different areas, namely, total water management, thermal desalination techniques, membrane based desalination techniques, renewable energy based desalination techniques and effluent treatment technologies. A total of 45 contributory papers were received for presentation for the Conference. The abstracts of all the papers were published in a Souvenir and the full technical papers were published in the form of Proceedings. Each Technical Session had one or two invited talks delivered by specialists. The Contributory papers were divided into two categories, namely oral and poster presentations. A separate venue with display boards were arranged to facilitate poster paper presentations. A panel of experts was formed to judge the best technical papers, presented by students from both the oral and poster sessions. A total of five prizes were awarded to the selected papers. A Panel Discussion was conduced at the end of the five Technical Sessions with five experts. During the Panel Discussions the participants also actively participated.
Release of Souvenir by Prof. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India
Prof. Padma Vasudevan,IITD and Prof. P.K. Sen, IITD presiding over the valedictory function
 
Report on Graduation Ceremony
Graduation ceremony for passed out students of Post Graduate Diploma in Environment Management (PGDEM) and Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Industrial Biotechnology (PGDAIB) was organized on 1st February 2010. The function was presided over by Prof. Smita. S. Lele, Head, Food Engineering and Technology Department. Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. Welcome address was delivered by Dr. Devayani Savant. She informed about different activities of SIES IIEM in academics, research and development in the areas environment management and biotechnology. Dr V. Ramachandhran in his address informed about the importance of good infrastructure, faculty and curriculum in the overall success of courses at SIES IIEM. Dr. Lele in her lecture emphasized on the role of physical, emotional and spiritual activities in the overall personality development of students. Mr. Sagar Dumbre and Ms. Leena Rodrigues got trophy for getting first position in PGDEM and PGDAIB courses, respectively. The event was conducted by Ms. Amruta Diwan and ended with the vote of thanks from Dr. Seema Mishra.
Regional seminar on the "Emerging Trends in Environmental Biotechnology (ENBIOT- 09)" on 2nd-3rd December 09.
A two day event entitled, “Emerging Trends in Environmental Biotechnology (ENBIOT)” 09 was organized by SIES Indian Institute of Environment Management on 2nd and 3rd of December 2009. Eminent professors, scientist and entrepreneurs had delivered lectures on theme areas. The event was inaugurated by Prof. C. S. Purushotthaman, Director SIES –School of Packaging and Prof. S. F. D’Souza, Associate Director, BARC. Presidential address was delivered by Prof. C.S. Purushotthaman on ‘Science, technology and role of educational institutions’ topic. Keynote lecture was delivered by    Dr. S. F. D’Souza on ‘Applications of plants and microbes for the remediation and monitoring of environmental pollutants’.
A view of Inaugural session
Dr. Sharad Kale, Sr. Scientist Officer, BARC and Dr. S. S. Barve, HOD, Vaze Kelkar College covered different aspects of ‘Nanobiotechnology and its applications’ in their respective presentations. Post lunch session was started with the talk on ‘Optical microscopy for nanobiotechnology’ by Dr. Prasad Karnik, Application Specialist, Labindia. He emphasized on Fluorescence microscopy. The event proceeded with a presentation on ‘Biological effluent treatment’ by Prof. S.S.Lele (UICT). She explained the various design aspects of bioreactors, applications and the challenges involved. The concluding talk of the first day was by Prof. B.B. Sharma, Principal, Vaze Kelkar College who gave an inspirational talk on ‘Recent trends in Environmental Biotechnology’ giving more emphasis on Bioremediation and its application.

The second day commenced with a talk by Prof. Vidyadhar Walawalkar, M.D, Envirovigil, on ‘Biomedical waste treatment’ in which he included case studies and common methods of disposal of biomedical wastes. ‘Role of Biopesticides in Sustainable Agriculture’ was explained by Dr.Susanta Kundu, GM, Excel Corp Care Ltd. The next speaker for the day Dr. Archana Kale, Research Officer, RCF, informed the recent advances of RCF in Biotechnology and also focused on Biofertilizers. Dr.Vijay Mendhulkar, Professor, Institute of Science, gave an enthralling talk on ‘In vitro techniques and secondary metabolites’. Dr. M. Pandya, Jai Hind College gave an informative talk on ‘Bioaugmentation Technology for industrial waste water’. The next talk was presented by Dr. S. H. Purohit, Jai Hind College on ‘Environmental Legislations’ which was very interesting and informative. The concluding session was chaired by Prof. D. A. Bhiwgade, HOD, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Department, Dr. D. Y. Patil University and Prof. H. V. Jadhav, Former I/C Principal, Veer Wajekar College, Phund, Uran. Finally, Prof. D. A. Bhiwgade, HOD, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Department, Dr. D. Y. Patil University, concluded the 2 day regional seminar ENBIOT -09 with his inspiring words.
Debate Competition
The debate competition held for the topic, Is Sustainable Development truly sustainable? , proved to be an interesting and brainstorming session for the participants, audience and the judges. The participant teams had a healthy discussion on the topic covering the issues like the economics of sustainable development, government regulations, noteworthy examples, the shortcomings and the loopholes in the concept, green jobs, with the debate mostly revolving around the renewable energy issue. The GAGAN team comprising Manali, Shailesh and Shivangi was the winner for the debate competition for their team co-ordination, presentation accompanied with facts and better convincing skills. The session was very well co-ordinated by the student co-coordinators (Pooja Sharma, Sagar Shinde and Ashonal Pereira) under the guidance of Ms.Rupali.Zele.

Compiled by-
          Shruti Kalgikar 
    Mahalaxmi Krishnan
Sagar Shinde
 
Report for Quiz Competition
Inter- group quiz Competition was organized by SIES IIEM on 10th September 2009 among ‘Agni, Dhara, Gagan, Neer and Pawan’ groups under the coordination of Ms. Jyoti Koliyar. The programme was hosted by Ms. Payal Sachade. Group Gagan comprising of Manali, Shailesh, Deepali and Neha was the winner.
Compiled by-
Shruti Kalgikar
Mahalaxmi Krishnan
 
"Role of Solar Energy in Industrial Application"
SIES- IIEM conducted a talk on ‘Role of Solar Energy in Industrial Application’ by Sri. Shyam N. Pathak, Energy Consultant, Clique Developments Pvt. Ltd. at GST auditorium on 2nd September, 2009. He discussed about the “Arun Solar Concentrator’ for the generation of heat energy for industrial application. It is a paraboloid dish with freshnal reflectors and cavity receiver at point focus. This can be integrated to industrial process heat application with storage facility for continuous application. It has opened up the possibilities of saving significant proportion of liquid or gaseous fuels or electricity used in this process. This technology is successfully functioning at Mahananda Dairy, Latur and Chitle Brothers, Sangli, Maharashtra.
 
Workshop on
“Opportunities for business in carbon constrained economy”
January 28th, 2008
A workshop on Opportunities for business in carbon constrained economy was held on January 28th, 2008, at South Indian Education Society Campus, Nerul, organized by  SIES Institute of Environment Management and Care Sustainability. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr.Ram Babu, Managing Director, Cantor CO2e. 

Dr. Ram Babu spoke about the perils of global climate change, importance of Kyoto protocol and changes after ratification of Kyoto protocol in phase I (2005 – 2008) and Phase II (2008-2012).
Inaugural Session Chaired by Dr. Ram Babu, Dr.(Mrs.) Suju George (Convenor), Prof. S. Ramanathan (Director, SIES - Indian Institute of Environment Management & Dr. M. M. Shaikh (Convenor)
The session also covered the scenario post 2012 when the Kyoto protocol regime expires and the scope of regulatory markets and voluntary markets in area of carbon economy.
Mr. Suresh Iyer, Deputy General Manager, JSW Steel Ltd., spoke about the Indian steel sector which is highly capital intensive and energy intensive. CDM has resulted in the implementation of several process improvements, energy efficiency improvements, waste recycling projects and renewable power generation plants.
The high capital costs are to some extent offset by CDM benefits. The CDM benefits have catalyzed implementation of innovative technologies (overcoming the technology risks) for the steel sector. All this has finally resulted in development of new projects resulting in overall sustainable development. He spoke about the implementation of CDM practices in JSW group which has pioneered Clean Development Mechanisms projects in India. JSW Steel Ltd was amongst the first companies to apply for Host Country approval. CDM practices had resulted in selection of high end, first of its kind innovative technologies like

  • Transfer of energy efficient technologies.
  • Development of ‘Waste Management’ techniques
  • Environment friendly projects.
  • Various innovative financing options
  • Sustainable development.
Prof. S. Ramanathan (Director, SIES-Indian Institute of Environment Management), Addressing the Audience at inaugural session
He elaborated about the steps involved in CDM project cycle, barriers to CDM procedure and what could be the ways of overcoming these barriers and financing options and who are all the market players in CDM market including the buyers and sellers
Dr. Suju George the convener of the workshop presented her views about two case studies illustrating the development of carbon asset and its monetization. First case that of Bagasse based power generation’ in a sugar industry illustrates the development of a CDM project activity into a “carbon asset” and how it got monetized. The second case study illustrates with a carbon business model wherein proponent identifies an investor to project finance a ‘biomethanation of poultry waste to energy project’.
Mr. Asim kumar Jana, Head-Energy and   Carbon Services, TUV India Pvt.Ltd. spoke about GHG market and Validator’s role in validating the projects designed under the CDM regime. He briefly explained about the validation and verification process and the concept pf Carbon neutrality.
Mr. Nixon, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of India, spoke about how to achieve the low carbon economy. He explained that there would be a market for low carbon energy products of $ 500 billion per year by 2050 and why companies should go carbon neutral. He enlightened to the audience about the various investment opportunities through Investments in energy efficiency equipment producing companies and for Carbon Funds
Dr Kale, Scientific officer, BARC, spoke about the Nisargruna technology developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai has been implemented by several Municipal Councils in Maharashtra State. There are 19 functional plants at the moment with processing capacity of about 55 MT/day biodegradable wastes. The carbon credit proposal will take about 6 months and will involve an expenditure of about Rs. 18 lakhs approximately. The maximum carbon credit that would be possible at the end of one year will be Rs. 115 lakhs subject to an important condition that all the NISARGRUNA plants function to their fullest capacity. The proposal will be considered through a series of monitoring and regulatory procedures before approval.
The workshop was concluded by the technical session on New careers opportunities in Carbon Economy by Dr.Shirish Sangle Associate Professor, NITIE, Mumbai. The lecture covered about the business opportunities in carbon economy and how business should realign itself towards the achievement of triple bottom line of sustainable development and business and economics impact due to global climate change. During this period of re-alignment what are the corporate looking for them as environmental professional and how students can prepare themselves to take up such challenging roles to be taken up and there are various NGOs, Public-sectors and private sector undertaking looking out for young talents for such roles.
The workshop received an overwhelming response with 81 participants with participation from Students, teachers and industrial community.
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