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IGBC Congress calls for greater cooperation between Asian, European countries

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The second day of the conference organised by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), saw international panelists from Asia and Europe exchanging ideas and showcasing innovative green products and technologies.

N Venkataraman, of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said, “That ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) initiative has the objective of forging linkages and improving relationships between Asia and European countries. Environment and Green Buildings offer an excellent opportunity for forging these business linkages, he added. MEA, he said, will be glad to support this initiative.

Dr. Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC said, “It is important to develop business linkages on green buildings across countries. “Asia, in particular, is a fast growing continent with significant potential. IGBC estimates that India has business potential of USD 300 billion in green building products, technologies and services by 2025”, he added.

Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake, Executive Vice Chairman, Green Building Council of Sri Lanka said, “There is huge market potential in the Sri Lankan market waiting to be tapped. We in Sri Lanka conduct training programmes on green building programs and are open to suggestions and ideas on green buildings and rating system,” he added.

Ludovic Jonard, ASF International, France and Jean Grebert, Renault, France, while appreciating the initiative of MEA said that France is open to participate actively in this initiative.


Marilyn S Black, Vice President and Technical advisor, Underwriters laboratories highlighted that, “green buildings should focus on indoor air quality and the standards should be managed on BOC (Bio-organic components) of Green Building.”