The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) predicts that the absolute growth in urban population will be highest in India until 2050, and the Indian real estate and infrastructure industry is a key contributor to this growth. However, the environmental footprint of the Indian real estate industry is also mounting. Buildings in India account for majority of energy, water and land while generating substantial solid waste and water effluents. The sector is responsible for 24% of India’s annual CO2 emissions, contributing to global warming and poor air quality. It is therefore critical that India adopts a holistic and sustainable approach to real estate development.

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