In this episode of Green Business Podcast, I talk with Ganesh Shankar, founder of Fluxgen Engineering. Fluxgen offers technology enabled water management solutions that help industries reduce their water consumption by as much as 30%. Its solutions are used by many marquee names, including Titan jewellery, Britannia industries, and Indian Institute of Science.

Introduction

In the beginning, we spend a bit of time delving into Ganesh’s motivation to work towards saving water. He explains that most of his education including his post graduate education at Indian Institute of Science (IISC) was in government colleges and was subsidized and hence he…


Farmer’s Friend — Piyush Sohani from Sistema Bio

In this episode of Green Business Podcast, I talk with Piyush Sohani, who heads India operations of Sistema Bio, a global enterprise that is making it easier for farmers to produce energy from their cattle waste, through biogas technology.

Introduction

In the beginning, we spend a bit of time delving into Piyush’s motivations to work in Biogas sector. He explains that he grew up in Khargone, a small village in Madhya Pradesh, where he saw rural families struggle with cooking on fire wood and dung cakes. He then thought of offering smoke…


Future of sustainable cooling Technologies- PODCAST

Heading: Capital Cool- Madhusudan Rapole from Oorja Energy Engineering Service

In this episode of Green Business Podcast, I talk with Madhusudan Rapole, founder of Oorja Energy Engineering Service about future of sustainable cooling technologies. Oorja energy is a Cleantech Heating & Cooling company focused on providing sustainable solutions for industrial and commercial heating & cooling.

Introduction

In the beginning, we spend a bit of time delving into Madhu is motivations for offering sustainable cooling solutions. Madhu explains that he was brought up in a coal mining town in northern Telangana, where coal mining was…


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Transwater System’s journey to tackle water shortages in Bangalore

Indian cities are grappling with water supply, water shortages that become acute in summer, forcing many of us to buy water from tankers. According to a report by NITI Aayog, India is suffering from its worst water crisis in its history, with nearly half of India’s population facing extreme water stress.
At the same time, we throw away the water that has been used in showers, sinks, washing machines and toilets. What if the waste water from our homes could be purified and made as good as fresh water to stem the looming water crisis?

Well, Vikas Brahmavar from Transwater systems is trying to do just that — recovering waste water for re-use. Let’s find out more in this episode of Green Business Podcast. Happy listening.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3fHcYLFL2LVe1tdVRjMQPI?si=sygw9DNGRmGUbP1yAxjtPg


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2021 has begun on a positive note for the Indian waste management industry, with the listing of IPO of Antony Waste Handling Cell limited (Antony Waste), a first for an Indian solid waste management company. This IPO marks a significant step in catalysing capital for the industry by showcasing potential exit opportunities for investors, and thus increasing their confidence. In this regard, we discuss three key takeaways that are likely to impact the ability of waste management companies to attract capital going forward.

1. Demand for Environment Social and Governance (ESG) investment opportunities is rising

Anchor investors for the IPO…


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Lack of recyclability of low value plastic waste is the most important reason for accumulation of such waste in our cities. As such, developing waste processing infrastructure, and creating markets for products made out of waste would be the most logical solution for addressing plastic waste. In this regard EPR (Extended Producers Responsibility) policies for ensuring accountability of producers for collection and disposal of the waste generated by their products would be an imperative.

In this light, the recent EPR policy announced by India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF) seems to be a good first step in…


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How COVID is likely to impact waste management start-ups

Covid crisis has just given us a new definition of “Essential”. While the current lockdown has shut down almost all industries worldwide, waste management companies have continued to run, despite labour shortage and supply chain issues.

India’s waste management industry, estimated at INR 5000 crores[1] (about USD 700 million) comprises a few large waste management companies and a number of regional start-ups. While large companies work with municipalities to manage the municipal solid waste, the start-ups are trying to make the waste value chain more efficient by segregating waste and converting…


Grants are an important source of capital for green businesses, as they provide much needed funding for product development and market testing. Competition for the grant money is stiff, and less than 10 per cent of the applicants actually succeed in getting grant funding; the good news is that grant programmes supporting green businesses are on the rise. …

Bharti Krishnan

Founder@FineTrain, an advisory firm that assists green businesses in raising capital.

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