EP Biocomposites Limited, the flagship company of EP Kamat Group organised a seminar on ‘Building a Sustainable Future’ to highlight the importance of embracing sustainable practices as a way of life. The company that prides over its mission to actively contribute towards a cleaner, greener and safer planet and has a vision to become a leader in sanitation and recycling space in India to achieve an ambitious goal of recycling 100 million litres of water every day, joined hands with various professional organisations in facilitating the session of renowned architect and Padma Bhushan awardee, Arch. Hafeez Contractor.
The programme was held at Entertainment Society of Goa, Panaji, and was conducted in association with The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Indian institute of Interior Designers (IIID), CREDAI, Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) and The Institute of Engineers, India (IEI).
The event kick started with a Welcome address from Rajkumar Kamat, Founder & Managing Director of EP Biocomposites Limited. Anand Menon, Chief Executive Officer of the company, gave an elaborate presentation on their range of product lines.
The highlight of the event was an interaction with key-note speaker, celebrated Architect and Padma Bhushan Awardee, Hafeez Contractor. During the course of interaction, Contractor revealed his thoughts on how India can achieve its goal of ‘Net Zero’ in terms of emissions and discharges, practices needed to be adopted for aligning with the goal, need for vertical growth and preservation of heritage structures in cities like Panaji; and necessity of localised sewage treatment plants for effective treatment of waste water. He also touched upon his design philosophy maintained over these years and significant changes he has adapted to.
Guest of Honour for the event, Mahesh Patil, Chairman – Goa State Pollution Control Board, spoke on the topic of “Sustainability the way forward” and gave his valuable insights and appreciated the efforts of EP Biocomposites Limited in conducting such seminars which focuses on environment and sustainability practices.
The event also had a panel discussion on sustainability where topics including alternate sources of energy; use of sustainable materials of construction; designing and building sustainable living spaces and reduction, recycle and reuse of water were discussed by domain experts. The emphasis of the discussions was on past, present and future practices from a sustainability point of view. The eminent panel consisted of Arch Krishna Phaldessai from IIID, Engr. Gajanan Karkare from IEI, Arch Milind Ramani from IIA, Arch Nilesh Salker from CREDAI & Engr. Ashok Joshi from IPA and the discussions were moderated by Arch Ujwala Sinha.
The event was attended by more than 200-strong audience including senior management officials from private and public sector organisations, architects, builders, interior designers, contractors, engineers and students of relevant engineering disciplines.