Green Technologies: For a Better Future

by: Soli J. Arceivala


Abstract: This book describes the various 'Green Technologies' that either do not produce any greenhouse gases nor any pollutants nor do they depend on the earth's scant resources of oil and other fossil fuels. A relatively poor country like India has to uplift itself while at the same time meet the world's demands for mitigating climate change. This is the crux of the matter: the book shows how we can derive business and industrialization benefits from our climate change activities so that the resulting development may be able to justify the advantage by going along with the developed world and reducing our emissions. Highlights of the book: • Summarizes global causes and concerns for the release of greenhouse gases from different sources, and how they can be minimized • Presents the adaptive and mitigative measures necessary to protect the people and the business opportunities arising therefrom • Shows the need for new forests and for controlling deforestation • Reviews green technologies for energy production, for personal and citywide application, and for specific applications such as building design, road and air transport, hotels, industrialization, bringing up Indian villages and the general economy • Looks at the National Action Plan and its business re-orientation • Includes nearly a dozen Appendices giving highlights of various projects and ideas instituted in India for controlling emissions and reducing use of resources The book indicates the direction in which business and technology is likely to develop in future, and will be invaluable for developers, town-planners and architects who will find new guidelines in designing 'green buildings' and 'green districts' and a new road-map for designing new townships and cities; engineers and infrastructure handlers, who will value the discussion on the country's resources in conceiving infrastructure and maintaining it by using minimum resources; and industrialists and business people in general, who will see the wide variety of business opportunities green technologies will create for everybody.
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Title: Green Technologies: For a Better Future

Publisher: McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited

Copyright / Pub. Date: 2014 McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited

ISBN: 9781259063732

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Soli J. Arceivala pioneered the business of environmental consultancy in India in 1961, long before any legislation for pollution control existed. He founded the first consultancy company in India, called AIC, specializing in water and environmental engineering work. In 1993, the Company became AIC Watson, then Montgomery Watson and presently, MWH, with Prof Arceivala as Chairman and then Chairman Emeritus until 2001 when he retired. He holds a degree from Harvard University, USA, and is a member of several professional bodies. Professor Arceivala was the Regional Adviser for Environmental Health with the UN / WHO Regional Office for Europe, and was later the Chief for WHO South East Asia Region, covering 11 countries. Before joining WHO, he was the Director of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, Government of India, and before that Vice-Principal, VJTI, Mumbai. He is involved in teaching, research and consultancy work. He pioneered water conservation and reuse in various Indian industries in the mid-sixties and several plants for reuse of water have been built in India and the Middle East based on his designs. In recent years, he has worked on developing reuse of water for augmenting water resources for community uses and exploring low-carbon technologies for waste treatment. Professor Arceivala is the author of seven books on environmental engineering, three published by McGraw Hill, of which one has been translated into Turkish and Iranian languages. His other books have been published by the Indian Water Works Association, the Indian Environmental Association and Marcel Dekker, New York. Every year, for 20 years, he has been invited to give lectures at IHE, Delft, Holland, on wastewater treatment. In 1993-1994, Prof Arceivala was the President of the Indian Water Works Association and in 1996 he was the President of the Indian Environmental Association. In 1998, he became the first Indian to be awarded "Distinguished Membership" of the American Society of Civil Engineers, (ASCE), USA, in honour of his lifetime work in India and overseas. Several Indian organizations have also honoured him with awards.

Description: This book describes the various 'Green Technologies' that either do not produce any greenhouse gases nor any pollutants nor do they depend on the earth's scant resources of oil and other fossil fuels. A relatively poor country like India has to uplift itself while at the same time meet the world's demands for mitigating climate change. This is the crux of the matter: the book shows how we can derive business and industrialization benefits from our climate change activities so that the resulting development may be able to justify the advantage by going along with the developed world and reducing our emissions. Highlights of the book: • Summarizes global causes and concerns for the release of greenhouse gases from different sources, and how they can be minimized • Presents the adaptive and mitigative measures necessary to protect the people and the business opportunities arising therefrom • Shows the need for new forests and for controlling deforestation • Reviews green technologies for energy production, for personal and citywide application, and for specific applications such as building design, road and air transport, hotels, industrialization, bringing up Indian villages and the general economy • Looks at the National Action Plan and its business re-orientation • Includes nearly a dozen Appendices giving highlights of various projects and ideas instituted in India for controlling emissions and reducing use of resources The book indicates the direction in which business and technology is likely to develop in future, and will be invaluable for developers, town-planners and architects who will find new guidelines in designing 'green buildings' and 'green districts' and a new road-map for designing new townships and cities; engineers and infrastructure handlers, who will value the discussion on the country's resources in conceiving infrastructure and maintaining it by using minimum resources; and industrialists and business people in general, who will see the wide variety of business opportunities green technologies will create for everybody.