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NDTV and Grundfos Pumps India Pvt Ltd (Grundfos India) turned the spotlight on the looming energy crisis this World Environment Day with The Mission Energy Sessions – a platform for prominent energy experts, policy makers and industry leaders to highlight issues; recommend solutions for industry and the new government; and focus on energy efficient ideas for the future. Actor Abhay Deol felicitated winners of the NDTV Grundfos Mission Energy Challenge, which saw 100 contenders competing to achieve highest energy and monetary savings. This was India’s first televised eco-challenge, conducted in association with CII, and winners include Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Vadodara; Indian School of Business, Mohali; Kesoram Industries Ltd [Cement Division], Sedam and homeowner Ameetsinh Vaghela.

The event, held at the Taj Palace in the capital, had prominent personalities present including actor Abhay Deol, who is building an eco-home in Goa; Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General-  Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India; Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director – Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL); Naina Lal Kidwai, Executive Director & Country Head – HSBC and Former President – FICCI; Ranganath N K, Managing Director –  Grundfos Pumps India; Jørgen Bjelskou, Group Public Affairs Director – Grundfos; Dr Sunita Narain, Director General – Centre for Science and Environment (CSE); Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat Division – TERI; Beroz Gazdar, Head Sustainability – Mahindra and Mahindra; Krishan Dhawan, Chief Executive Officer – Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation; Dr Prem Jain, Chairman – IGBC – CII; Samit Aich, Executive Director – Greenpeace, amongst others.

The event marked the culmination of the NDTV-Grundfos Mission Energy Campaign, which was launched earlier this year to create awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and encourage individual efforts towards conservation. While the first panel focussed on the key role that sectors of industry, transport and buildings play in energy efficiencyand saw recommendations on how to fill the gaps in policy implementation, the second session drew attention to how innovations in approach or products – like a shoe mobile phone charger, a car that runs on water, a refrigerator that doesn’t need electricity – are crucial in helping build an energy-sufficient future for the country.

Ranganath N K, Managing Director, Grundfos India said “We partnered with NDTV to promote energy efficiency in India through the Mission Energy campaign on TV. This is a first of its kind initiative and was aimed at sensitizing all the stakeholders on the importance of energy conservation.  In the last five months, this campaign has had a considerable impact on various stakeholders like the Government, industry, educational institutions, as well as individuals. People are waking up to the fact that energy conservation is critical to ensure we bridge the demand – supply gap in India. Not only this, there are savings in costs as well – for the individual and for the nation. India has still a long way to go till it can completely bridge the energy deficit. Being energy efficient will help us achieve this at a lower cost to the country. We at Grundfos along with NDTV are happy to have helped increase the awareness and the momentum through Mission Energy.”

Vikram Chandra, Group CEO, NDTV said, “Over the years, NDTV has brought focus on a number of social issues through various campaigns. This was another crucial attempt by us to create awareness about energy conservation and the campaign has successfully inspired the citizens of the country to join us and work towards a cleaner, greener future.  I am glad that we were able to highlight viable solutions that can be adopted, both at an individual level as well as by corporates.

NDTV-Grundfos Mission Energy is supported by CII as Knowledge Partner, TERI as Content Partner and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and AEEE as Energy Efficiency Partners.

List of Mission Energy Challenge Winners:

Manufacturing Unit
Winner Kesoram Industries Ltd [Cement Division] Unit: Vasavadatta Cement, Sedam
Runners Up Godrej & Boyce – Appliances Division, Satara
Pridiw Poly Industries, Madurai
Subros Limited, Pune
Educational Institute
Winner Up Indian School of Business, Mohali
Runners Up MS University of Baroda
Chiranjiv Bharati School, Palam Vihar
Sanghamitra School, Hyderabad
Commercial Building
Winner Larsen & Toubro Limited
Runners Up CESC Ltd, Kolkata
Bougainvilla Hermitage Retirement Village, Goa
Kohinoor Hospitals, Mumbai
Winner Ameetsinh Vaghela
Runners Up Manoj Jain
Sanjeev Jain
Binoy Kamath

About Grundfos India:

Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd. (Grundfos India) a wholly owned subsidiary of Grundfos Holdings was established in March 13, 1998. Grundfos India is responsible for sales of Grundfos products in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives. Currently, Grundfos India has more than 250 employees and works with 200 distributors and dealers with 20 offices across India. Grundfos India provides pumps and pumping solutions for various applications – heating and hot water service systems, cooling and air-conditioning systems, industrial applications, pressure boosting and liquid transfer, groundwater supply, domestic water supply, sewage and wastewater, dosing, chlorination systems, disinfection systems and pumps running on renewable energy. For more information, visit http://www.grundfos.in/

About NDTV

NDTV Ltd, founded in 1988, is India’s largest news and infotainment network. It is home to the country’s best and brightest reporters, anchors, camerapersons and producers. 23 offices and studios across the country host India’s most modern and sophisticated production, newsgathering and archiving facilities. NDTV has an unmatched track record of successfully launching both news and lifestyle channels; NDTV 24×7 is a clear leader in the English news segment; NDTV Profit, a 24-hour business plus channel, is India’s number one business news channel; NDTV India is amongst the country’s leading Hindi news channels; while NDTV Good Time straddles issues from health and holistic healing to fashion and food. NDTV is credited with pioneering several broadcasting and programming initiatives in Indian television and has expanded into one of the nation’s biggest broadcasting houses by growing beyond news broadcasting and venturing into non news verticals. NDTV has received many accolades for pioneering causes and for taking a leading role in Corporate Social Responsibility. For more information visit www.ndtv.com

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