JSW announces Earth Care Awards 2010 winners

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

Dr Harender Raj Gautam also won awards under Innovation for Climate change category for Botanical Formulation

Climate change is demanding greater attention of citizens and authorities everywhere calling for urgent action. JSW recognizes the importance of responsible climate action and handed over Earth Care Awards 2010 for Excellence in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation to eight institutions who stand testimony to the methodology for scouting local initiatives on mitigation and adaptation, with respect to climate change impacts

Sangita Jindal, chairperson, JSW Foundation said, “It is widely recognized that the climate change agenda needs to go beyond rhetoric. Action not words is the need of the hour. I have no doubt that Corporates, Media, Government and NGO’s will take informed decisions to mitigate and adapt to climate change stress. Mass awareness leading to mass action can only happen if we break our silos and come together to create a huge synergy. I am sure that day will come sooner than later. We must all realize that a cleaner, greener and cooler planet is not an option but a basic pre-requisite for mankind’s very survival."

The award winners under Innovation for Climate change are Farmland rainwater harvesting systems for making water filter, which segregates the impurities (dust and leaves from rooftops) and helps collect rainwater either directly for use in storage tanks or to soak pits for recharging. Awarded for this was Colonel (retd.) Binay Kumar of Prakriti Biotech Farm for developing water pump that utilizes the water head to elevate water by 4-5 times higher elevation. This pump operates without any electricity or fuel.

Dr Harender Raj Gautam also won awards under Innovation for Climate change category for Botanical Formulation, which helps reduce pesticide use resulting in decreased application of other chemical pesticides and increasing reliance on use of organics and bio-pesticides.

Under Community led Mitigation & Adaptation category, Jai Malhar Village Watershed Committee won the award. It is a community based organisation that emerged through a project in soil and water conservation. The villagers introduced contour bunds, check dams, gabions and shallow excavations and one working towards similar participation in neighbouring villages.

 On the other hand, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd got commendation under GHG Mitigation in Small and Medium and Large Enterprises category. The company’s Nashik plant introduced methods, which reduced electric energy consumption by 23% and in thermal applications by 39%, water consumption (60%) & follows 100% recycling of treated water.

Similarly, Society to Uplift Rural Economy (SURE) and Watershed Organisation Trust got Commendation under Community led Mitigation & Adaptation category. SURE demonstrates benefits through diverse facets in designing and implementing rural adaptation strategies whereas Watershed Organisation Trust got commendation for innovative approach towards community participation. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) got Commendation under Innovation for Climate Change category for using ethanol-blend diesel in 21 depots covering around 2100 buses.

Sajjan Jindal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, JSW Steel and Sangita Jindal, chairperson, JSW Foundation graced the ceremony in New Delhi. These awards are judged by an eminent jury that comprises of Dr. M.S.Swaminathan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation; Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman, TERI; Kartikeya Sarabhai, director, Centre of Environment Education; Aneeta Bennigner, Executive Director, Centre for Development Studies and Activities; Dr. Anil Manekar, Director, Nehru Science Centre, National Council of Science Museums; Shaileja Chandra, IAS (retd.), Dr. William Dar, DG International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics; Mr. Rajat Gupta, Mckinsey & Co.; Mr. Rajendra Shende , United Nations Environment Programme.



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