Coimbatore Corporation Buildings To Cut Down Energy Consumption by 40%
Coimbatore, the second-largest city in Tamil Nadu, is all set to join the league of cities that are trying to cut down their carbon footprint. Such a step would have long-term benefits for a city that has found a place in the Central government's Smart Cities list and is counted among the fastest growing Tier-II cities in the world. According to an analysis by Oxford Economics, Coimbatore is among the cities that will grow the fastest in the 2016-30 period globally.
What is the plans?
According to media reports, the Coimbatore City Corporation is planning to reduce energy consumption at its buildings by nearly 40 per cent. In the recent past, Coimbatore has witnessed extensive infrastructure and real estate development. The corporation will be setting an example that private developers must follow to keep the city green while it expands itself.
The corporation will be working with the industry and put in place byelaws to promote the use of greener technologies.
"Green building does not mean setting up a solar panel and rain-water harvesting structure. With growing technology, people need to follow the standards laid out by the Indian Green Building Council and integrate technology with the building to reduce energy consumption. Even smaller aspects like transportation of raw materials such as construction materials need to be added to the estimates so that local materials could be purchased to reduce carbon footprint," Corporation Commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan was quoted by The Times of India as saying.
For reducing the electrical consumption, the civic body has already installed solar panels at the main office, six maternity centres and five zonal offices. This has brought down the energy bills substantially.