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Saving ecology: 46 companies join hands with CII

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Hyderabad: The Mission on Sustainable Growth, an initiative launched last year by the CII has moved a step ahead with 46 companies signing up to be partners in the network to save the ecology.

In an interaction on Friday, K. S. Venkatagiri, CII’s Principal Counsellor, said the movement to popularise energy conservation and reduce green house gas emissions had received a boost with the CII partnering with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

USEPA will provide the experience gained by running the Climate Leaders Programme for the past six years in the USA and share knowledge. On the other hand, WRI will serve as the think-tank and the methodology it develops will be used in implementing the Mission in India, he said.

Capacity-building

Mr. Venkatagiri said the 46 signatories to the mission included a range of companies such as Infosys Technologies, Wipro, Tata Iron & Steel and Tata Power, TV Sundaram Iyengar & Sons, Ashok Leyland and Apollo Hospitals. Having signed up, the Mission was now in the capacity-building stage, he said, adding that the companies would soon start what is termed ‘inventorising’ their emissions.

James T. Sullivan, Director, Climate Leaders Office of Air & Radiation in USEPA, said that having started with 11 companies as members six years ago, the programme now had 200 members, with about half of them being Fortune 500 companies. The programme was received well with more and more companies expressing interest, inspired by success stories.

Pankaj Bhatia, Director, WRI said the CII had made a good beginning, but there was still a long way to go before achievements could be recorded.

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