Geneva, July 26, 2012 - The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today announced that recommendations by business for sustainability solutions, tailored to meet the needs of Gujarat’s four largest cities, have been welcomed by the local government and city officials.
The report titled A Solutions Landscape for Gujarat Cities provides recommendations on how Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara can be supported in their holistic urban planning, energy efficiency and wastewater management efforts. The report was presented by the WBCSD and leading businesses to officials representing the four cities and the Government of Gujarat at an international seminar today in Ahmedabad which was attended by prominent government officials and global business leaders.
Peter Bakker, President, WBCSD said: “A growing majority of the world’s people are city dwellers and if cities are not sustainable, then the world cannot be. This project is exciting because we have brought multi-sector businesses together with city officials and developed recommendations that are practicable and address multiple urban development issues. And they can be refined to meet the needs of cities around the world. By implementing these recommendations two major benefits of sustainable cities will be realized: improved living conditions, and the creation of inclusive communities.”
A Solutions Landscape for Gujarat Cities was developed under the leadership of the WBCSD’s Urban Infrastructure Initiative and brings together the expertise of AECOM, Acciona, Asahi India Glass, Schneider Electric, Siemens and United Technologies Corporation (UTC). United Technologies led the work in India
Mr Zubin Irani, Senior Managing Director-Commercial Companies, UTC India said “This project has demonstrated the importance of working with industry from other sectors, to ensure that the solutions offered to the cities are holistic, and respond to the varying needs of urban management authorities in their pursuit of inclusive and sustainable urban development. The UII companies in India thank the Government of Gujarat and city officials from Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara for their participation in this dialogue with us.”