Global Leaders Unite on World Environment Day to Combat Plastic Pollution, Climate Change, and Accelerate Sustainability

CEOs and Founders Share Commitment and Strategies to Sustainable Solutions and Green Growth”

On the occasion of World Environment Day, people from all walks of life came together to raise awareness about the pressing issue of plastic pollution, climate change and global warming, and the urgent need to combat it. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Beat the Plastic Pollution,” In the face of escalating environmental challenges, individuals and organizations alike recognized the need to leverage technology and innovation to combat climate change and find sustainable solutions.

Sohinder Gill, the CEO of Hero Electric, emphasized the importance of individual actions in making a difference. He believed that everyone could contribute to containing and cleaning up the damage caused by the climate crisis. Gill highlighted electric vehicles as a sustainable and cost-effective mobility solution that can help reduce carbon footprint.

Sameer Aggarwal, the Founder & CEO of Revfin Services, stressed the need for clean energy adoption and a green growth vision. He committed to driving the adoption of electric vehicles at the grassroots level and building a sustainable future through financial inclusion, charging infrastructure, and battery management.

Rajat Verma, the Founder & CEO of Lohum, acknowledged the energy transition happening worldwide and emphasized the importance of producing critical materials sustainably. He emphasized that the clean energy transition must be truly green to ensure a sustainable future.

Jagdeep Hira, the Business Head of Pakka Limited, expressed their commitment to environmental care and achieving net-zero carbon emissions. He highlighted their efforts in minimizing waste generation and working toward environmental upkeep through their CSR initiative, the Pakka Foundation.

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Nikhil Bhatia, the Co-Founder & COO of HOP Electric Mobility, highlighted the growing acceptance of electric vehicles among customers and the company’s conscious path toward true sustainability. HOP Electric promotes an environment-conscious culture, from small actions like using less paper to larger initiatives like battery recycling.

Prasad Rajappan, the Founder & CEO of ZingHR, emphasized the importance of fostering a culture that rewards and acknowledges ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) achievements. ZingHR provides tools and frameworks to help companies implement their ESG goals and integrate sustainable practices into their operations.

Nimish Trivedi, the CEO & Co-Founder of Evera, addressed the impact of vehicular emissions on pollution levels. He highlighted the benefits of electric vehicles in reducing CO2 emissions and emphasized the need to electrify road fleets. Trivedi mentioned government initiatives, subsidy schemes, and the promotion of EV charging infrastructure to encourage EV adoption.

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Katsuhisa Asari, the Managing Director of Konica Minolta India, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and preserving the planet. They actively switch to battery-powered vehicles for local deliveries and strive for a significant reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and 2050.

Yeshasvini Ramaswamy, the CEO of Great Place To Work India, emphasized the integration of ESG principles in creating exceptional workplaces. She encouraged organizations to set a true north for ESG and accelerate sustainability to build a remarkable future.

Vipul Singh, the Co-Founder & CEO of Aereo, highlighted the transformative potential of geospatial data in solving environmental issues. Aereo focuses on using data to understand surroundings better and take proactive measures for watershed development, green cover management, and flood simulation, ultimately reducing the carbon footprint.

Cyrus Katgara, the Partner of Jeena & Company, acknowledged the government’s initiatives in promoting green growth, EV infrastructure, and green energy transition. Jeena & Company embraces sustainability as a core value and integrates sustainable practices to unlock hidden efficiencies and reduce waste.

Sooraj Balakrishnan, the Head of Marketing at Acer India, called for collective action against plastic pollution. Acer actively seeks sustainable alternatives and integrates them into their products and processes to pave the way for a more sustainable future.

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Chittaranjan Meher, the Country Leader of IBM Sustainability Software, emphasized the need for rapid response and collaboration in achieving aggressive sustainability goals. He highlighted that sustainability has become a catalyst for new business models and core organizational values. While the path to sustainability and profitability is not easy, Meher pointed out that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changer capable of accelerating sustainability efforts. India, in particular, must make significant investments in developing AI risk management capabilities to create a more resilient and efficient future.

Kishan Karunakaran, the CEO of Buyofuel, stressed the importance of tapping into the vast potential of biofuels. He called for India to ramp up its reliance on this renewable energy source to reduce carbon footprint and dependence on finite fossil fuels. The advantages of biofuels are manifold, as they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, empower farmers, utilize waste efficiently, generate revenue, and create jobs. Karunakaran emphasized the role of innovative and purpose-driven startups in advancing biofuel production and achieving sustainable targets.

Ankit Kedia, the Founder & Lead Investor of Capital A, shed light on the need for genuine, measurable, and impactful Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) actions. He cautioned against superficial associations with sustainability trends for the sake of investment access, urging startups to prioritize both hardware and software development in driving a true global Greentech revolution. Capital A sought to identify startups genuinely contributing to sustainability and taking tangible steps toward their goals.

Varun Goenka, the CEO & Co-Founder of Chargeup, highlighted the transformative power of the electric vehicle (EV) industry. He emphasized that EVs represent a paradigm shift toward a cleaner and more sustainable world. Chargeup integrated ESG principles into their DNA, prioritizing environmental preservation, social impact, and ethical governance. By accelerating the transition to electric mobility, reducing carbon emissions, and inspiring positive change, Chargeup aimed to redefine the relationship between society, the environment, and businesses.

Tushar Choudhary, the Founder & CEO of Motovolt Mobility, acknowledged the significant potential of electric vehicles in addressing environmental challenges, particularly air pollution and carbon emissions. EV two-wheelers offered a compelling solution, producing no harmful pollutants and fostering a quieter and more serene urban environment. Motovolt aimed to revolutionize the Indian automotive landscape, contributing to cleaner air, healthier lifestyles, and a sustainable future.

Dr. Aravind Chinchure, the CEO of Deshpande Startups, highlighted the rising threat of climate change and the need for businesses to undertake sustainability measures. Deshpande Startups focused on selecting and supporting startups with a positive environmental impact. Several of these startups, such as Carbon Craft, FluxGen, envoProtect, and FaLa, were at the forefront of fighting environmental challenges through material innovation, water management solutions, waste-to-energy technology, and nutritious crop growth. Under the guidance of the Deshpande Foundation, they also launched an integrated zero waste food cluster to eradicate food waste and ensure food security.

As World Environment Day concluded, it left a resounding message: harnessing innovation, technology, and collaboration is crucial for building a sustainable future. From embracing AI and biofuels to accelerating the transition to electric mobility and supporting sustainable startups, individuals, organizations, and governments must unite in their efforts. By prioritizing sustainability, we can pave the way for a greener, more inclusive, and prosperous tomorrow for generations to come.


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