It’s time for the city’s developers to go green. With the Center’s green rating project scheduled to be launched on August 6, environment watchdogs have decided to encourage commercial buildings that will meet energy saving norms.
If developers want to know whether their buildings are meeting the green norms, they can get the energy efficiency levels evaluated by Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) under the project. Those who pass the test will get a green energy certificate from TERI. In fact, West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC) wants the evaluation to be made mandatory for all commercial and IT buildings.
The green rating project will be launched by WBGEDC in the presence of TERI’s director R K Pachauri, who also heads the Nobel Prize winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change. He will also discuss environmental issues with chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
WBGEDC managing director S P Ganchowdhuri said the concept of this green rating project is to make both developers and the public aware of the amount of green energy being used to curb consumption of conventional energy.
“The project will cover all upcoming and future commercial buildings in the state. Developers will have to apply to TERI for evaluation of the energy efficiency level of their buildings. The green certificate will come once TERI finds them taking necessary steps to save energy in their buildings. This evaluation will help developers know what they need to do to construct a green energy building and how to minimize the use of conventional energy,” he said.
The director said they want this certification scheme to be made compulsory for all commercial buildings in the city.
“With many commercial and IT buildings coming up at Rajarhat and Salt Lake, we want the green rating to be made mandatory. We will place this proposal before the state government,” he said.
The government has been emphasizing on environmental issues such as air pollution and climate change due to global warming for some time. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee recently declared at a World Environment Day programme that he had invited Pachauri to visit the city and suggest ways to control pollution and save the environment.
Bhattacharjee had said he wanted state agencies like the environment department, disaster management authority and science and technology department to work together and formulate a strategy. The state’s Expert Appraisal Committee has already made rainwater harvesting mandatory for all new multi-storied real estate projects to prevent an imbalance in the groundwater level.