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  • Livelihood Specialist, Conservation and Development March 28, 2014
    Company Name: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
       Category    Social Sector
       Industry    Development Programmes
       Level    Middle Management
       Location    Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Addressing Sustainability Challenges of India’s Foundry Sector March 27, 2014

    Foundry Sector in IndiaSustainability reports are today produced by everyone from cities to airports. But ever heard of groups of companies producing a joint report? That’s exactly what’s happening in India.

    Global Reporting Initiative (​GRI) is helping foundry sector companies in India to start producing sustainability reports in order that the numerous sustainability challenges that the sector faces – from energy consumption to environmental and Occupational Health and Safety impacts – can be measured and addressed.

    GRI’s work is part of a project called Scaling up Sustainable Development of MSME Clusters in India led by the Foundation for MSME Clusters and funded by SWITCH Asia, a European Union program that supports the sustainability-related activities of Asian companies.

    The project, which began life in 2012, is a result of both the growing realization that the foundry sector in India was one of the most unsustainable and energy-intensive sectors, and also an understanding that a strategy was needed to introduce more sustainable environmental and social business practices.

    The Context

    There are around 5,500 foundry enterprises in India, clustered in 47 urban locations. 90 percent of these are micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and use obsolete and inefficient technologies that are both harmful to the environment and employees. The ‘Scaling up’ project supports around 500 of these MSEs in the states of Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal. The aim is simple: help them adopt sustainable business practices that not only alleviate their negative environmental and social impacts, but will also help them become more competitive by improving access to business opportunities and public support schemes.

    GRI’s Involvement

    GRI’s role in this project over the last year has been to develop a methodology that enables clusters of MSE foundry sector enterprises to produce – on a voluntary basis – joint sustainability reports on their operations and impacts.

    Gathering information from a select number of companies and collating it into one report in this way is achieved by using an ‘aggregate reporting methodology’. The development of this methodology involved examining each of the Standard Disclosures in the GRI Guidelines and deciding how each could be addressed in a way that makes sense for a group of separate companies.

    Enrique Torres, Senior Manager Training & Coaching Programs at GRI, said, “These are very technical terms that we’re speaking of here: ‘aggregate reporting’, ‘Standard Disclosures’. What we are really doing is applying GRI’s Guidelines and customizing the GRI training materials for the foundry sector in India with a clear end goal: helping companies in this sector to embrace sustainable, clean and safe production methods that will benefit workers on the ground and have long-term sustainability value.”

    “It’s been quite a learning experience to be involved in this project. 2013 was all about developing the aggregate reporting methodology and this year will be about putting this methodology to use. We look forward to seeing the first aggregate reports come to fruition.”

    Next Steps

    GRI is now working to introduce and facilitate the use of its aggregate reporting methodology by foundry sector enterprises. The focus has initially been on the regions of Punjab and Rajasthan, where two GRI workshops have been held in each region to explain the value of sustainability reporting and how it can help to improve the management of sustainability impacts.

    On February 24, the first GRI Certified Training Course was held in Ajmer, Rajasthan, led by GRI Certified Training Partner – Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). A second Certified Training Course will be held in Punjab this month. Over the coming 10-12 months, the participating enterprises will be supported in producing their aggregate reports by CII.

    GRI anticipates that these activities will set a good example and encourage more foundry sector enterprises in India to follow suit and disclose and manage their impacts. This will go a long way towards helping the foundry sector in India become more sustainable.


    Source: GRI.

  • University of Michigan Reports Sustainability Achievements of 2013 March 22, 2014

    University of Michigan Sustainability Report 2013Ann Arbor – The University of Michigan continues to show immense growth and engagement in sustainability education, research and operations, as shown in the 2013 Sustainability Progress Report released on February 24.

    In 2013, more than 30 students declared sustainability as a minor, the Planet Blue Ambassador Program grew to 1,300-plus dedicated individuals, and the university awarded more than $3.8 million in funding for U-M Water Center projects focused on Great Lakes restoration efforts.

    “Each year, the university continues to make great strides in the area of sustainability in our research, education and operations,” said Don Scavia, special counsel to the U-M president on sustainability and director of the Graham Sustainability Institute.

    “The efforts of our students, faculty, staff and alumni position the university as the university with the capability to create fresh approaches and new leaders equipped with the ability to help shape the future of our world.”

    As highlighted in the report, U-M students are working on a range of projects from addressing access to clean water and sustainable systems in rural villages to working locally to inventory greenhouse gas emissions in Detroit.

    New collaborations between faculty, under the Third Century Initiative and MCubed, are leading to more sustainability-related research at U-M. Such projects include examining the human and environmental impacts of new emerging technologies used to address water infrastructure challenges, and finding solutions to energy, water and food challenges in resource-constrained environments. Other work occurring under the areas of water, livable communities and climate include alternative energy, hydraulic fracturing, climate change adaptation and sustainable systems.

    “Our operations are becoming ‘greener’ as units become more active in the Planet Blue initiative and engage in more sustainable practices that support the university’s commitment to sustainability,” Scavia said.

    Last year, more than 80 offices participated in the Sustainable Workplace Program. The university continued to reduce energy consumption by an average of 8 percent in general fund buildings and implemented tray-less dining in seven of the eight dining halls.

    Using environmental metrics, the university tracks the impact of its operations and measures progress toward long-range goals focused on climate, waste prevention, healthy environments and community awareness. As announced by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman in 2011, the 2025 goals support the university’s broader overall commitment to sustainability, known as Planet Blue.

    Operations data in the report shows:

    • More needs to be done to reduce emission levels, which rose slightly.
    • Chemical applications were reduced on campus through sustainable landscape management practices.
    • More sustainably produced foods were utilized and made available for purchase on campus.
    • More needs to be done to reduce the total volume of solid waste, which rose slightly.

    Check the following link to read/download the Full Report:


    Source: University of Michigan.

  • Associate Consultant, Operations Management March 15, 2014
    Company Name: EKI Energy Services Ltd.
       Category    Corporate
       Industry    Energy / Power
       Level    Junior Management
       Location    Multiple Locations in India
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  • Decentralised Renewable Energy is Solution to India’s Energy Poverty March 12, 2014

    New Delhi - In India, 50 crore people have access to less than six hours of electricity every day; 70 crore do not have access to clean cooking fuel – in such a scenario, we need to understand how to mainstream clean energy and energy access across the country. Decentralised renewable energy systems could offer the key to solving this state of energy poverty, said Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), in her opening remarks at the ‘Fourth Anil Agarwal Dialogue on Energy Access and Renewable Energy’, which concluded in Delhi on February 28.

    In the concluding session of the two-day Dialogue, Union minister for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah, released CSE’s “Citizen’s Report on State of Renewable Energy”. The report looks at the current status of renewable energy in the country, as well as the issues that plague the sector. It also puts together the policy interventions in solar, wind, small hydro, biomass and waste-to-energy sectors.

    Sunita Narain & Farooq Abdullah

    Union minister for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah (second from right), releases CSE’s Citizen’s Report on State of Renewable Energy, with Sunita Narain, Director General, CSE, standing next to him. © CSE

    The speakers at the Dialogue included B. K. Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission; Satish Balram Agnihotri, Secretary, Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy; Ajay Shankar, Member Secretary, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council; Deepak Gupta, Director General, National Solar Energy Federation of India; and Gireesh Pradhan, Chairperson, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission.

    CSE points out that renewable energy projects can have major ecological impacts if they are installed without proper environmental assessment and management.

    Says Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE and the Head of its Renewable Energy Team, “Renewable energy must benefit the local community – citizens must have the first right over electricity from renewables and they must benefit from the installation of renewable energy on their land.”

    Speaking at the inaugural session on February 27, B. K. Chaturvedi had said, “It is only fitting that we remember Anil Agarwal with a discussion on energy access, a critical area for the poorer and under-privileged segments of the Indian society. It is they who suffer the most when appropriate energy access is denied or provided poorly to them for their sustainable economic growth.”

    Mr. Chaturvedi also pointed out that the highest cause of premature deaths in India is due to asphyxiation because of household air pollution caused by cooking with biomass. Use of dirty cooking fuel has been responsible for killing 3.5 million women and children each year, according to a 2013 International Energy Agency report. According to Mr. Chaturvedi, India holds nearly 25 per cent of the global population without electricity and 31 per cent without clean cooking fuel.

    Renewables: The Agenda for Change

    The growth of renewable energy has changed the energy business in India. In the past 10 years, installation of renewable energy for electricity has grown at an annual rate of 25 per cent; as of January 2014, it had reached 30,000 megawatt (MW).

    According to the Integrated Energy Policy, 2006, India is projected to have 30,000 MW of wind power and 10,000 MW of solar power by 2031-32. The 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) document has projected a four-fold increase in the installation of renewable power by 2021-22. The resource allocation in the 12th FYP reflects the priority accorded by the government to renewable energy. Of the total plan, outlay for the energy sector – Rs. 10,94,938 crore – during 2012-2017, the outlay for MNRE is Rs. 33,003 crore, or about three per cent of the total plan outlay.

    However, this is not enough. Due to policy paralysis and uncertainty, the period of 2011-12 saw a significant dip in investments in this sector – from US $ 13 billion in 2011 to US $ 6.5 billion in 2012.

    CSE advocates a set of action points for the sector. These include, among others, the following:

    • Putting in place an integrated policy and plans till 2050.
    • The 12th FYP is not ambitious enough – India needs to go beyond those targets.
    • Incentivising off-grid.
    • Institutionalising green norms for renewable energy.

    Said Sunita Narain, “Renenwables are expensive compared to fossil fuels today, but they will become cheaper tomorrow. The benefits of moving to renewables are immense – energy security, climate protection, reduced pollution and health benefits.”


    Check the following link to access the Full Report:


    Source: CSE.

  • Scientist D, Centre for Climate Change Research March 10, 2014
    Company Name: Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).
       Category    Research
       Industry    Environment
       Level    Senior Management
       Location    Pune, India
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  • Powerful global finance institute fails to train future leaders on sustainability March 6, 2014

    The CFA Institute acknowledges that the cause of the financial collapse was due to the industry losing its moral compass. Photograph: Garry Weaser for the Guardian


    Powered by article titled “Powerful global finance institute fails to train future leaders on sustainability” was written by Jo Confino, for on Tuesday 4th March 2014 07.00 UTC

    Is there a fundamental contradiction at the heart of the powerful global association that represents 120,000 financial analysts and fund managers?

    The US-based Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) readily acknowledges that the cause of the financial collapse was due to the industry losing its moral compass and calls for it to reconnect with its original purpose, which is the “means to ensure societies flourish.”

    Given that we will be unable to flourish unless we face up to the scale of sustainability challenges, that would surely mean integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into the very heart of the CFA’s training and exam programme, in which over 140,000 people enrolled globally last year.

    But the course only briefly touches on ESG issues and does not even mention key emerging risks to the financial markets, such as the carbon bubble, which some argue could lead to another collapse.

    This is of more than passing interest. If the most influential programme that prepares new blood for careers in all the world’s key financial centres does not make it clear that ESG issues are important, then the leaders of tomorrow are unlikely to recognise their responsibilities to society at large.

    This continuing primacy within CFA’s training programme of a shareholder-centric model of investing is increasingly becoming a focus of criticism from progressive leaders in the financial sector.

    Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer at Aviva Investors says that driving sustainability into the CFA’s training programme, as well as other education initiatives, is vital if the City is going to help drive moves to a low carbon economy. Currently, to pass the CFA exams, “you have to fail at ESG,” he says.

    Saker Nusseibeh, chief executive officer at Hermes Asset Mangement, who sits on a CFA advisory council, is also calling for reform, saying the body “should be under a lot of external pressure to rethink what they teach their guys.”

    When I spoke to John Bowman, CFA managing director and co-head of education, he assured me the organisation is working hard to ensure financial companies rediscover their sense of purpose and says a “return to fiduciary culture is probably the most important message of our time and certainly one we want to be at the seat of the table that is debating it.”

    But he says the reason ESG issues are not embedded into the core charter holder training, is because they are still considered “cutting edge” and that it is the industry, rather than the CFA itself, that decides when the curriculum should change.

    “The CFA programme is not meant to lead on the frontier,” he says. “It’s never been designed to do that and I don’t think employers want us to teach every new trend or process out there. I mean should we be adding bitcoin, for example, to the curriculum right now? I don’t think so.

    “We don’t sit in an ivory tower and decide what needs to be tested. The syllabus is driven by lots of conversations; with our charter holders, with those individuals that are running banks, investment organisations or regulating in policy roles. They’re the ones who tell us on a continuous basis what needs to be tested.”

    Given the importance of switching flows of capital to developing a low carbon economy, does the CFA believe that the curriculum should incorporate climate change?

    Bowman says some asset owners, such as sovereign wealth funds and larger pension funds, are getting “much more vocal about these issues and assets continue to concentrate into the hands of these more socially responsible and socially vocal organisations, but I just don’t think we’re at the point yet that we could confidently incorporate a prescriptive analysis for a syllabus around this because I think we’re still very much in the formative stage of what the impact will be.”

    Let’s be blunt. This tip-toeing around the subject is just not good enough. If the CFA waits for the industry alone to determine whether sustainability issues have reached the mainstream before it starts embedding them into its degree level entry programmes, then it is always going to be locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. It needs to become more proactive and shake up the system of committees that determine how the training courses are constructed.

    In particular, it should engage experts from outside the industry in order to bring different perspectives into the debate. After all, would the emperor in the classic children’s story ever have voluntarily admitted he was naked?

    For established analysts and fund managers who do show an interest, the CFA does offer voluntary training in a host of issues ranging from Islamic finance to ESG. But it must recognise that it can no longer hide behind the current consensus driven approach for its mandatory exams, as this leads to the lowest common denominator. Instead, it should think about its own moral responsibility for driving sustainability principles into the hearts and minds of the new leaders in the industry who will determine whether the world’s financial flows hasten our destruction or help us find salvation.

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  • Coordinator-Water, Living Himalayas Global Initiative March 5, 2014
    Company Name: WWF-India.
       Category    Social Sector
       Industry    Environmental Services
       Level    Middle Management
       Location    New Delhi, India

  • First-of-its-Kind Solar Lighting Laboratory Launched in South Asia March 4, 2014

    New DelhiThe Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has established a Solar Lighting Laboratory, a first of its kind in South Asia, to provide a platform for quality testing of off-grid lighting products, adhering to international standards.

    The laboratory can test products in accordance with methods specified in the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) framework for evaluating off-grid lighting products. IEC is the world’s leading organization for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.

    The laboratory is supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and International Financial Corporation (IFC).

    Off-grid Solar Lighting in India. © TERI

    Low-income people in need of off-grid lighting solutions are often dissatisfied with the performance of inferior products flooding the market. Realizing that a strong, quality assurance and testing programme will go a long way in building consumer confidence in solar products, IFC’s Lighting Asia/India Program is working with TERI towards this end. IFC partnered with TERI to upgrade the Institute’s solar lighting laboratory into a state-of-the art testing facility using international standards. The Program has supported TERI in the upgrade and expansion of its solar lighting laboratory by: designing it in line with international best practices, equipping the lab with the latest technology and equipment, and increasing the number of testing benches, and through training and technical support.

    These test methods were jointly developed by IFC and the World Bank prior to adoption by the International Electrotechnical Commission. The lab will emerge as a testing hub for the South Asia region and become one of the handful of labs worldwide designed to test products in line with the process laid down by the IEC.

    Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said, “It is significant that TERI has come up with this initiative, as this will bring quality solar products not just to people in India, but to all parts of the world. Rural electrification has a huge impact on water and power access. Earlier, the focus of rural electrification was on agriculture. We need a transformation where poor people in inaccessible areas are able to light up their lives. And lighting has today become an important component in rural electrification.”

    He added, “Solar energy and systems have the potential to meet the needs of people not just in rural areas, but semi-urban and peri-urban areas too. We are committed to sustainable energy for all, and sustainable lighting is an important part of challenge to meet our unique energy needs. But for renewable energy to become popular, it is important that we have adequate quality and efficiency safeguards in place to promote solar energy products and systems. The setting up of the lab is an important step towards making renewable energy sustainable and of immense value to the sector.”

    “Quality is a key determinant in the success of off-grid lighting products and laboratory testing is the best way to reliably benchmark products,” said Jeeva A. Perumalpillai-Essex, Manager, Sustainable Business Advisory, IFC. “Our partnership with TERI in upgrading and testing laboratory capacity will ensure the availability of reliable solar lighting products for those cut off from the power grid. The lab will emerge as a testing hub for the South Asia region and become one of the five facilities worldwide working on quality assurance. The other laboratories that World Bank Group has supported are in United States, Germany and Kenya.”

    The laboratory’s facilities are available for testing and long-term performance assessment of various lighting systems (both for general lighting and solar-based lighting). The solar lighting laboratory will also carry out various training programmes for different target groups. As a way forward for the development and expansion of this laboratory, the lab will be linked with several other groups or programmes that require general lighting system testing. The supreme testing equipment and authority for high quality assurance can lead to the transformation of the laboratory into a nodal agency for general (solar) lighting system testing not only for India, but also for countries in Southeast Asia.


    Source: TERI.


    About TERI

    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization deeply committed to every aspect of energy, environment, and sustainable development. From providing environment-friendly solutions to rural energy problems, to helping shape the development of the Indian oil and gas sector; from tackling global climate change issues across many continents to enhancing forest conservation efforts among local communities; from advancing solutions to growing urban transportation and air pollution problems to promoting energy efficiency in Indian industries, the emphasis has always been on finding innovative solutions to make the world a better place to live in. All activities at TERI move from formulating local and national–level strategies to suggesting global solutions tackling critical energy and environment related issues.

    Headed by Dr. R. K. Pachauri, also the chairperson of the Nobel Peace Prize winning climate change body, IPCC, TERI has emerged as an institution of excellence for its path-breaking research, and is a global brand widely respected by political leaders, policy makers, corporate entities as well as the civil society at large. For more information, visit

  • Associate, Sr Associate, Energy Advisory and Resource Management Consulting March 1, 2014
    Company Name: cKinetics.
       Category    Corporate
       Industry    Consulting
       Level    Junior/Middle Management
       Location    New Delhi, India

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