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Green Building Movement set to scale greater heights Green Building Congress 2010 gets underway at Chennai
While delivering the special address at the inaugural session of Green Building Congress 2010 here, Mr Peter Yuile, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Australian Trade Commission said, Australia could provide everything India needed in the green building sector - technology, products and services and underlined the need and importance to work together in promoting green buildings.

Mr Tony Arnel, Chair, World Green Building Council said Green Building Councils have an important role to play globally. He hoped that the Councils voice's would be heard at the Cancun Summit and highlighted that advocacy would be made for green buildings to be accepted as a response to climate change.

Mr Tim Cole, Chair, US Green Building Council, said continued commitment and global partnership in the green building sector is growing rapidly and said they are one of the key factor to market transformation.

Mr Cole added that, he had been a witness and partner to India's rapid strides in the green building sector and said commitment of the organization and people have taken the green building movement forward .

Mr Jamshyd N Godrej, Past President ,CII & Chairman, CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, said, India was on its way of achieving global commitment of reducing emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. In light of this, he said green buildings play an important role in this, as buildings accounted for over 40 per cent of emissions.

Mr Godrej suggested that the large number of cell phone towers being set up in every part of the country could use renewable energy sources for their energy needs instead of diesel. He said alternative ways of doing business was very high.

Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) highlighting the green building market potential said, 'by 2012 we estimate the green building market for technology, products and services to be over $40 Billion'.

Dr Jain said India had a legacy of 5000 years of creating buildings. The ancient buildings were green and we have to go back to the roots and create replica of the ancient wisdom with modern technologies, he added.

[Chennai, October 7, 2010]

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