Green Cover Retention 2017 seminar, which was jointly organized by commercial vehicle giant Volvo Trucks India and Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST), highlighted the alarming ill-effects of environmental degradation while offering solutions to check it.
Volvo Group is the world’s first automotive manufacturer to be approved by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to participate in its Climate Savers program.
Under the current agreement, covering the period between 2015 and 2020, the auto maker is committed to a cumulative reduction of CO2 emissions from its products and production by atleast 40 million tonne as compared to 2013 levels.
The company is achieving this goal through combined measures – the manufacturing process & technology, product technology, the product application, the transport concept and the host of services associated with its solutions.
Addressing at seminar, Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group in India, “We believe that tree transplantation can help save millions of trees during highway construction and other building activities and this would be an invaluable tool in society’s ambition to preserve and increase the green cover of our country. I am glad to see the host of stakeholders from various sections coming together at this seminar to deliberate and create a policy recommendation to achieve this critical and urgent need.”
Volvo Group’s mission is to drive prosperity through transport solutions, and sustainability is the guiding principle that underpins its aspirations in this journey. This also means that our products and services’ solutions are aligned in the direction of holistic sustainability that enshrines environment care, innovation, economic efficiency & viability, with societal inclusiveness, Bali said.
According to Surendra Kumar, Director, IWST, “After more than one year of successful operation of the transplantation projects, the Institute organised the seminar “Green Cover Retention 2017” to bring together researchers, scientists, academicians and industry professionals to understand and debate on this critical issue and help create a way forward to form “Policies and Practices” that will help our world to be a better place for generations to come”
India recently ratified the COP21 agreement as per which we need to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 billion tonnes of CO2. Keeping in mind the aforesaid, it’s important that we start looking at ways in which the economic development can go hand in hand with environmental protection. Our country’s stringent forest and environmental laws and consistent involvement of the judiciary for enforcing the same has enabled it to retain its green cover despite huge biotic pressure.