A seminar on sustainable development was one of the key events when Nobel Memorial Week was celebrated in India last month. The week is aimed at developing ties between India and Sweden, and Scania is an active and enthusiastic participant.
Scania India’s Managing Director Anders Grundströmer has explained Scania’s vision for sustainable growth at a seminar held as part of Nobel Memorial Week in India.
Staged annually to encourage links between Sweden and India, Nobel Memorial Week is named after the Swedish philanthropist Alfred Nobel and is organised by the Swedish Embassy in India. This year’s theme was Sweden makes in India: Co-creating the Future and events were held in 10 cities including Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
Support from Scania
Scania India supported the program by organising a seminar on sustainable development in India, which was held at the Leela Palace in Bangalore.
Speakers included Grundströmer, as well as Harald Sandberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to India, Klas Eklund, a professor and Senior Economist at the Swedish bank, SEB, and Bharti Chatturvedi an environmentalist and Director of Chintan Research and Action Group.
Grundströmer, who is also a Senior Vice President of Scania, outlined four aspects of sustainability that Scania has identified as drivers of sustainable development, as well as economic, social and environmental sustainability and sustainable growth.
He said factors such as superior fuel efficiency and increased vehicle uptime directly contributed to increased GDP. Grundströmer said Scania’s introduction of biofuels to India’s commercial vehicle segment was an example of a solution focused on environmental sustainability. Driver focus and safety were two other areas where Scania India was investing heavily with a view to being a leader in social sustainability.
Big future for biodiesel
Chatturvedi spoke of the huge challenges that face India in terms of waste management and recycling. She said there was great potential for India if the transport sector could gradually switch to biofuels, as a majority of India’s waste is biological and can potentially be converted to energy.
Eklund underlined the necessity of economic reforms such as the Goods and Services Tax, but also development of the educational system in order to boost economic growth. He ended his presentation by expressing a vision that sustainability was likely to be the next big wave in the global economic development, mirroring the digital revolution of the last couple of decades.
Other events staged as part of Nobel Memorial Week included seminars and round-table meetings and lectures by notable figures including Nobel Laureates George F. Smoot, a Professor of Physics and Finn Kydland, a Professor in Economics. An exhibition titled The Nobel Prize – Ideas Changing the World was inaugurated at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, with a speech by A. P. J Abdul Kalam, a former president of India.
A large Nobel Reception was held at the Swedish Embassy in Delhi with approximately 1,200 guests.