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CII s GreenCo and GreenPro rating helping industry minimise environmental impact. 27 March, 2017Hyderabad: Businesses globally have begun to realise the impending impact of their operations on the environment and its contribution to the phenomenon of climate change.Pursuing Green has become the new driver for companies on the quest towards growth, competitiveness and global excellence. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has developed GreenCo Rating System for evaluating the greenness of existing companies. As on date, over 220 companies are working on GreenCo Rating out of which over 90 are certified between Bronze and Platinum categories.The rating system, which covers both manufacturing and services sectors, is the first of its kind in the world to assess and analyse the environmental impact of the company s activities or operations. The rating will also help in defining the path forward to ecologically sustainable business growth.CII has also been issuing GreenPro Certifications with an aim to assess How Green is a product , based on a holistic framework and highlight the way forward to achieve excellence in environmental performance. The system guides the manufacturers to position their products as green and eco-friendly. While produce such as cement was evaluated earlier, now industrial consumables such as paints, flooring and cleaning solutions are also being considered. Close to 20 products of various companies have received GreenPro certifications so far.The industrialist Jamshyd Naoroji Godrej who wanted to create a GreenCo Rating system for companies in India convened a committee headed by Dr Reddy s Laboratories co-chairman G V Prasad and Cummins director Pradeep Bhargava that received inputs from 120 industry experts for the methodology of rating, introduced in 2008. Godrej also consulted Ratan Tata, Azim Premji and Suresh Prabhu (before becoming Railways minister).CII-Godrej GBC executive director, K S Venkatagiri, told Telangana Today, The rating gives 70 per cent weightage on the results and the remaining on the enablers/systems. The rating is designed to be inclusive. Platinum rated companies should be comparable with the best. First two years from 2008 when the rating system was introduced, no company could obtain Platinum rating.During the rating process, companies have seen financial advantage. About 40 railway workshops in the country are working on green rating now.He explains, lication of GreenCo Rating would address national priorities leading to tangible benefits such as energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy, waste management and green supply chain besides reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Product stewardship and lifecycle impact had become prominent. GreenPro encourages businesses to design and develop a product that has no or least environmental impact during its lifecycle. CII wants to create a green movement by using the green rating system as a tool.In GreenCo, there are five levels of gradation at present that include Certification-Bronze-Silver-Gold and Platinum while in the products space, it s only the case of a product being certified green or not. In future, grading may also be explored in the products segment too. Every three years, CII revises its rating system so that the benchmarks are lifted high constantly.Green Culture Indian companies are willing to share their best practices most often in unrelated sectors. Businesses getting together is yielding fruitful outcomes. GreenCo forums are also being held across the country also roping in technology suppliers who can help companies implement them.Technology suppliers are also being linked with funding agencies. CII is bringing some pharmaceutical companies in Jeedimetla which are willing to implement green practices. Organisations such as SIDBI are willing to support companies in such measures. United Nations Industrial Development Organization and International Finance Corporation are also showing interest in funding green efforts. Only around 4-5 per cent of companies are green at present and this will improve in the coming years.Sector Coverage In the manufacturing sector, automobile and engineering, cement, FMCG, fertilisers, foundry, glass, iron, steel and non-ferrous metals, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, pulp & paper, refineries and petrochemicals, tyre and textile are covered. In the services sector, IT services, logistics, corporate houses, airports, hospitals and hotels are covered.Venkatagiri said, cement, engineering, automotive and automotive companies are the prime drivers as of now. Tyre companies are also focusing now. In the IT space, companies such as Wipro had been a pioneer while pharmaceuticals companies such as Dr Reddy s and Cipla have taken keen interest besides many early adopters. CII is seeing 35-50 vendors are also going for green certifications. The efforts by green companies are also impacting green supply chain.Even in sectors that are red, companies are making efforts to go and be green. Thermal power, automotive, cement, petrochemical and refinery are among the high red sectors, but companies are keen to go green. Defence organisations are also aiming to tap green benefits. Around 40 ordinance factories are looking at going green, he informed.An official from Ministry of Health has been roped in to find out the issues and challenges in the hospitals sector. Particularly with high infection rates, hospitals need to make focused efforts. New hospitals of AIIMs and Apollo are trying to implement green practices. There can be more progress in this space in the next 3-6 months.Cluster Focus The green rating which is confined to companies and products is likely to extend to industrial clusters (such as pharma city or biotech parks). CII has signed an agreement with Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City at Parawada (Visakhapatnam) wherein companies in the cluster will be reviewed on green aspects.While there are pioneers there are also laggards in the industry and this phenomenon has to be looked at more closely while dealing with clusters where companies of varied commitment levels are involved, he adds.

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