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Workshop on “Green Rating and Certification System for Industrial Areas”

22 September 2016, New Delhi

A one-day workshop to discuss key aspects towards a competitive, applicable and locally supported green rating system applicable for industrial areas in India was held on 22nd September 2016 at the Cologne Meeting Room, GIZ Office, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi. A panel comprising of leading professionals from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), Buro Happold Engineering – Germany, GIZ, IGBC-CII, GRIHA, BIS, PwC, CSE, Thinkstep, IIEC, GBCI and KPMG participated in the workshop and provided their inputs.

During the workshop, Mr. Johannes Kreißig, Managing Director, DGNB and Mr. Stephan Anders, Product Manager, DGNB, elaborated upon the German green rating systems for industrial areas. The comprehensive DGNB criteria for industrial districts was discussed through a unique ‘Game of Zones’.  While playing the game, the participants discussed the different quality parameters and potential synergies. The participants also deliberated upon different sustainable planning concepts for industrial areas in India and worldwide. 

The workshop was essentially a milestone in the pre-feasibility study taken up by the German experts on introducing a “green” rating and certification system for industrial areas in India. The scope of the study included evaluation of the existing green rating systems in India for industrial areas, and assessing viability of introducing a tailor-made, yet a comprehensive Indian green rating and certification system and the viability of introducing German certification system in India.

In the technical sessions, Mr. Thomas Kraubitz, Senior Consultant, Buro Happold Engineering, Germany substantiated the discussions with his experiences of conducting pre-feasibility audits for a couple of industrial parks in India. He also presented a comparative study on the existing rating systems in India. This lead to constructive discussions on the achievements of the Indian rating systems till date, challenges faced by the rating organisations, technical aspects for an India certification system, parameters to be included in the baseline and so on.  

In the closing session, Mr. Raghu Babu, Project Director, SEIP Project, GIZ concluded the workshop. He summarised major aspects about the relevance of the industrial rating systems, challenges faced till date and futuristic vision of a competitive and applicable green rating system in India. The key aspects that be covered included:

  • Introduction of a customised Indian green rating system.
  • Key aspects to be covered are: a) Quality parameters – economic quality, environmental quality, social quality, technical quality, process quality, innovation quality; b) infrastructure aspects, operation and management aspects, c) performance/results aspects.
  • Orientation will be based on achieving minimum requirements plus additionalities. The minimum requirements should cover: a) legally/statutory requirements, b) alignment to Government of India plans/programmes, c) alignment to international commitment, e.g. SDGs.
  • Benefits from the rating system to the ‘owner’ of the industrial areas and to the companies housed must be clear. For example, access to finances, extended validity for environmental permits/consent, cost savings due to synergies and common infrastructure, improved image etc.
  • One of the existing organisations experienced in awarding green rating for industrial areas in India to be selected.
  • DGNB to support the selected Indian organisation in developing the required systems and assuring quality.
  • Introduction of the existing German green rating system by DGNB, to start with, in industrial areas in India having German industries.
  • Possibly, bring out the finalised green rating systems under the system of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).


As a way forward, the results and findings of this workshop will be incorporated into the pre-feasibility report by the German experts. The report would be shared with the stakeholders for inputs and the finalised versions would be take up with the MoEFCC for working out a way forward.