#SambandhStories is a series of short interviews with our members and collaboration partners on different topics of interest. And this is the third chapter in the series.
Today we are delighted to present Rupali Deshmukh, CEO at IVL India Environmental R&D Pvt Ltd- an independent, non-profit research organisation working in the area of applied environmental research and consultancy services, involved in the development of solutions to environmental problems at national and international level. IVL joined the Chamber this year.
As we come to the end of 2022, what were some of the key highlights for you and what are you looking forward to building in 2023?
2022 was a crucial and an exciting year for us as IVL’s two big projects, Bandra Wastewater Treatment Facility (WwTF) – 360 MLD and Worli WwTF – 500 MLD, in Mumbai finally became operational in July after three and a half years of wait. The objective of the contract is to establish the proposed WwTF facility to enable the treatment of incoming wastewater to meet the specified effluent discharge standards and production of Class A bio-solids. My team in Mumbai and I are very happy to contribute to India’s march towards achieving SDG-6 goal of clean water and sanitation.
In 2023, IVL is all set to create a bigger impact with respective Sustainable Development goals by working on more such projects focusing on water, wastewater, solid waste management, and waste energy in India. Sweden is also committed to joining hands with the leading cities in India to explore research and innovative collaboration opportunities in the area of smart cities. In line with this commitment, IVL will lead the Swedish delegation to India's “Smart City Road Show” in 2023 Q1, with the plan to engage the Swedish delegation in three Indian cities, Mumbai, Pune, and Panjim, which are focused on the implementation of smart city solutions and committed to India’s green transition. The Road Show workshop will also cater to the strong need of setting up research collaborations among leading research agencies and universities from Sweden and India to develop next-generation smart city solutions that can be tested in local conditions.
How do you see sustainability continue to redefine priorities and goals in your organisation in the next 3-5 years?
To solve the environmental challenges that our world is facing, we need more than environmental research. We need collaborative efforts, an interdisciplinary approach, and real-world applications. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute works internationally to achieve the vision of a sustainable society. We share our experiences with other countries but can also contribute to sustainable exports by selling sustainable solutions from Sweden. The plan is to work aggressively in the upcoming years, both nationally and internationally to address problems arising due to climate change.
Thank you, Rupali!