Key Themes of Summit 2015
Like every year, we build the conversation in consultation with the different working groups and with inputs from our adviosrs on what are contemporary issues being discussed by industry.
In this year's summit we will be having a conversation on the following themes:
- Smart Sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) in creating Sustainable Facilities:
- In Commercial buildings and Industrial facilities, resource efficiency is increasingly being driven by smartly cutting down on resource usage. The conversation would showcase applications of smart sensors, solutions that leverage the Internet of Things (IoT), applications of utility tracking software, big-data for machine learning as well as the kind of return on investment (ROI) which exist in various use cases.
- Raising the bar on Energy Efficient manufacturing: convergence of technology, market and policy:
- The Summit would focus on initiatives such as Make in India campaign, Smart Cities Campaign to present the policy outlook, Best Available Techniques (BAT) developments, and key market trends.
- Re-interpreting water-risk and the future of closed loop manufacturing that use water: Turning water-scarcity into a competitive advantage:
- Water intensive manufacturing in sectors such as textiles, pharma, paper and pulp, processed food, etc. have traditionally moved to regions where water is available. However with increasing water scarcity, the only option is for the manufacturing entities to look at Zero Liquid Discharge. There are cases of manufacturing entities successfully migrating to zero liquid discharge and still remaining competitively priced. The Summit would explore water scarcity as a driver of innovation, policy enforcement outlook and the role of industrial symbiosis in reducing cost of water.
- Bio-mimicry and alternative materials by 2020:
- The Summit would focus on emerging applications of biomimicry and green-chemistry approaches to designing alternate materials for improving resource footprint of the end product, use of phase change materials. The Summit would delve into use cases and their timelines, outlook of investors behind key start-ups and the research funds available.
- Material and waste reuse
- The Summit would focus on uncovering value and wealth from waste and on technologies for waste reuse.
- Creating Sustainable Brands through market action:
- The Summit would focus on branding and actions that encourage sustainable consumption or responsible waste disposal, innovative solutions and approaches for promoting sustainable behaviour amongst consumers, creating innovative and collaborative models for promoting sustainable packaging leading to zero waste.
- Innovation towards Sustainability through big data and analytics:
- The Summit would focus on new algorithms for working with sustainability and resource data, making meaning from data from track and trace systems, footprint management, using data emerging from the Internet of Things.
- Disruptive Innovations driving Energy Access and Decentralized Systems:
- This would include technological innovations across DRE (Decentralized Renewable Energy) value chain, in power generation, power conditioning systems, grid-interactivity, load management, etc. as also, newer business models allowing for rapid adoption of DRE systems in various rural settings.
- Climate finance and Sustainability- Next steps beyond Paris:
- Exploring newer avenues of climate financing that are on the horizon.
- Sustainability Reporting and the changes since the introduction of the BRR (Business Responsibility Report):
- Sustainability Outlook's score card of India Inc's performance on Sustainability has shown significant traction and uptake of the BRR (Business Responsibility Report) since 2014. The Summit will discuss India Inc's performance in 2015 and outlook for 2016.
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