IIM Visakhapatnam, along with the National Productivity Council, DPIIT, MoC&I, GoI, the United Nations Global Compact Network India and India Potash Limited as the industry partner, organised the ‘Andhra Pradesh Sustainability Conclave' on the topic of 'Productivity and Green Growth' at the IIM Visakhapatnam Permanent Campus at Gambheeram on April 20, 2023.
The conclave addressed sustainability issues to promote green growth for a productive and sustainable future. The event featured renowned speakers, including Shri Sundeep K Nayak, IAS, Director General, National Productivity Council. The keynote address at the event was delivered by Shri Ratnesh Jha, Executive Director, UNGCNI. Shri K D Bhardwaj, Director & Group Head - Environment and Climate Action, NPC, delivered the technical presentation on the topic.
On the sidelines of the event, IIM Visakhapatnam signed an MOU with the UNGCNI to promote sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the industrial hub of Visakhapatnam.
Speaking at the event, Prof Chandrasekhar, Director IIM Visakhapatnam stressed that “This prestigious event signified the commitment of IIM Visakhapatnam towards environmentally oriented and sustainable value systems. These value systems are central to everything we do – be it research, teaching, or consultancy.”
Speaking on the occasion, Sundeep K Nayak, IAS, DG-NPC reminded the gathering that “the Government of India has committed to reaching its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030, meeting 50 per cent of its energy requirements from renewable energy by 2030, reducing total projected carbon emissions by one billion tons from till 2030, reducing the carbon intensity of its economy by less than 45 per cent and achieving the target of Net Zero by 2070.”
In his presentation, Shri K D Bhardwaj reminded the audience about ‘Lifestyle for Environment’ or LiFE, which was declared by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Glasgow on the sidelines of COP26 as indicative of all-inclusive green growth improving the standard of living. He further added that green growth was possible only through sustainable practices, resource efficiency and renewable energy sources. Green growth envisions a future with environmentally sustainable and equitable economic development, resource security, a healthy environment (air, water, and land), and restored ecosystems with rich ecology and biodiversity.