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IIT-B grad bags global award

Posted on: May 17, 2011

Rajendra Shende, an IIT-Bombay graduate, who is currently the head of OzonAction of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has become the first Indian to receive the prestigious Roy Family Award.

It is given by Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government. The award is presented every two years to a project of public-private partnership that enhances and protects the environment through creative approaches.

“Refrigerants, Naturally!” the project conceived and supported by Shende along with the Greenpeace engages powerful multinationals, such as Coca Cola,Unilever and McDonalds. The project aimed to eliminate the environmentally-harmful fluorinated gases such as CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs with natural refrigerants in their commercial refrigeration installations and make them energy efficient. These natural refrigerants are climate friendly gases that exist naturally in the biosphere, i.e. ammonia, carbon dioxide, and hydrocarbons.

“Public private partnerships are vital instruments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals agreed by all the countries in the world in year 2000. My colleagues in UNEP and I are proud with this project. We will continue to help and contribute in a tangible way to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of environmental sustainability”, said Shende.

The project was selected from a group of highly qualified projects nominated from around the world that tackled tough environmental problems ranging from sustainable mining to responsible land stewardship.


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