Speakers for the UK-India conference,
including Dr Rajat Gupta (front, left)
& Prof John Glasson (back, second from right)
British Council Delhi
- total grant value: £13,000
- time duration: 7-9 February 2007
The first UK-India symposium on 'Greening Events and Energy-Efficient Cities for Lasting Legacies', co-organised by Dr Rajat Gupta (Department of Architecture) and Professor Susan Roaf with the British Council, closed in Delhi (India) on 8 February 2007 with a route-map for future action in greening events, energy-efficient cities and lasting legacies. It has called for cities to adopt renewable and sustainable energy strategies, and to consider major international events like the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 as an opportunity of reducing the environmental impact of the event itself and the city as well, through sustainable design and construction of sports venues and infrastructure.
The high-profile event was opened by the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit on 7 February 2007, and attended by about 400 delegates from the worlds of architecture, science, business and policy-making, The participants ranged from Senior Government officials from Department of Environment, Department of Urban affairs, Department of Public Works, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Transport Corporation, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to Environmental Organisations like WWF, TERI, Development Alternatives, ICLEI to professional urban planners and architects including 150 students from the schools of architecture and engineering.
Representatives from about 20 Indian cities participated, whilst six mayors and city commissioners declared their support for greening cities and events at the closing ceremony, which concluded with an inspiring speech by Dr Karan Singh, Member of Parliament, eminent statesman, and former Environment and Health minister. Meetings were held between the visiting experts and the Delhi Mayor on 9 February to discuss how the concepts of greening events and low carbon and energy efficient cities could be kept in view while planning future developments.
Delhi's Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, who inaugurated the Symposium, is one of the strongest supporters of the green and energy efficient cities. The Chief Minister has given directive to all agencies, developing infrastructure for Delhi Commonwealth games, to develop green buildings.
Gupta, R. (2007). Counting Carbon from Buildings and Cities. Greening Events and Energy-efficient Cities for Lasting Legacies. 7-8 February 2007, New Delhi, India.
Gupta, R. (2007). Oxford Solar Cities Initiative and Climate Change Action Plan. Greening Events and Energy-efficient Cities for Lasting Legacies. 7-8 February 2007, New Delhi, India.
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