The Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) turned the focus on the economics of ecological practices from an industry perspective in its conference titled Pathways to Green Publishing 2009. The conference was held in Delhi on March 14, 2009.
The seminar opened with a welcome address by Dr RK Pachauri, Director-General of TERI, which was followed by an inaugural address by Dr Vijay Kelkar, Chairman of Finance Commission of India.
The running thread through the various sessions was preserving energy and creating demand for greener products. In the first session, the panel discussed the existing problems and quest for sustainable solutions. The idea was to discuss the cost effective measures and increase the demand for greener products, which might be a little expensive.
The second session focused on sustainable business practices. Speakers talked about creating a greener infrastructure with economically viable options, options for earning as one makes one’s business green, besides managing hazardous waste. The session also discussed the shift from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to International Social Responsibility (ISR).
The session titled ‘Educational institutions as drivers of a green tomorrow’ discussed ways to make educational institutions as agents of change. The session talked about various initiatives done in the Capital’s schools and colleges such as Modern School, Sri Ram School - Vasant Vihar, Modern School - Ashok Vihar, and Miranda House. The session was moderated by Rajiv Seth, Registrar of TERI University.
‘Making economic Sense: Solutions by experts’ had Niranjan Khatri, General Manager, ITC Welcome Group, speaking on the shift from Corporate Social Responsibility to International Social Responsibility. Another speaker, Sanat Hazra, Technical Head, The Times of India, made a presentation on ‘Finding hardware solutions: Greening your supply chain’. Ashwini Arya, Managing Director, Perfact Color Digital Prints Pvt Ltd, made a presentation on digital and on-demand printing and how to manage the volumes. The session was moderated by Naresh Khanna, Editor, Indian Printer and Publisher.