The Hindu Business Line - November 20, 2013
Bayer AG and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as part of their global partnership hosted the winners of the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Programme. 50 young ‘environmental champions’ from 19 emerging and developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia came together for a week long conference.
The theme of the conference was centered on sharing ideas and thoughts on sustainability in food production and consumption. According to a press release, The environmental champion selected from India, Soumyajit Paul, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Kancheepuram, won the Young Environmental Leader Award and a cash prize of €500 for his project “TRANS-CONS”. A green-building project, TRANS-CONS, aims at creating energy savings up to 40 per cent by incorporating optical fibers into concrete structures.
The conference’s itinerary comprised discussions, lectures, workshops with experts from Bayer, the UNEP and the State Environmental Affairs Department. During the course of their visit the students undertook field trips to the AVEA waste disposal center, Leverkusen, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development, Bonn, and the Messe (Trade Fair Organization), Düsseldorf. With this conference, Bayer and UNEP have decided to end their successful collaboration spanning over a decade.