Japan reiterates commitment to help build sustainable infrastructure in India

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As India embarked on an ambitious goal of reaching Net Zero by 2070, a senior Japanese official said his country would help commission sustainable transport infrastructure and build projects sustainable construction in India.

“We are committed to contributing to the protection of the environment and the reduction of CO2 emissions in India. We will focus on public infrastructure, especially high-speed trains and subways that will reduce air pollution. Reducing the number of automobiles will contribute to sustainability,” said Toshihiro Kaneko, Deputy Consul General, Consulate of Japan, Mumbai.

“We have the technology to build quality infrastructure that can last for a long time and it will be sustainable infrastructure,” he added during a speech at the World of Concrete India 2022 exhibition taking place in Mumbai, showcasing the latest construction technologies and solutions for sustainable development.

He said, “The Japanese pride themselves on quality and work closely with India for technology transfer. During Prime Minister’s visit, Japan pledged $3 trillion [investment] in the next 5 years towards infrastructure development. India has a bright future and Japanese companies would like to participate in this development and growth in India.

According to NITI Aayog, India’s real estate sector is expected to reach a market size of $1 trillion by 2030 and will account for 13% of India’s GDP by 2025.

Construction output in the country is also expected to reach ₹60,508.9 billion by 2026, according to these projections.

While all of these provide large-scale opportunities for players, fast and sustained execution is key to unlocking potentials, speakers said at the event.

Amit Bansal, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP said, “The scale and speed at which some of the new techniques need to be adopted needs to increase significantly. The volume of construction will also increase and unless we adopt new techniques and methods we will not be able to deliver. Although we have the potential, we must be careful to tap into that potential and not let it go to waste.”

On this occasion, Betolar Plc of Finland announced the deployment of its concrete products which are manufactured without the use of cement thanks to its patented Geoprime technology. It is the next generation low carbon solution and a sustainable alternative to cement. Cement contributes approximately 8% to global CO2 emissions.

“With our 100% cement-free concretes, we expect an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to cement,” said Abhishek Bhattacharya, Managing Director of Betolar India.

“Geoprime enables concrete manufacturers to create cementless concrete by efficiently utilizing industrial secondary streams such as fly ash and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS). The durability and strength of the manufactured concrete is comparable to cement-based products, but it outperforms traditional products with its significantly lower carbon footprint,” he added.

Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director of Informa Markets India, the organizers of the show, said, “Increase government investment in projects like Sagarmala program, Bharatmala Pariyojana. Gati Shakti’s master plan, the development of 21 new airports in the country, has made the Indian market highly competitive and provides opportunities not only for large but also for small and medium players.

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