Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command was the Chief Guest at the Annual Conference of the Indian National Association for the Club of Rome, themed "Toward a Resource Resilient India." The two day conference aims to deliberate on resource security and sustainable use and management of natural resources in India. It seeks to highlight the urgent and critical need for coherence in environmental policies and actions.
Delivering the Inaugural Address at the International Conference Hall of the Bombay Stock Exchange, Vice Admiral Luthra, brought out that resource efficiency and resource sufficiency are critical prerequisites for achieving resource security and resource inclusivity. He elaborated on the importance, potential and threats facing the rapidly-growing, water-based 'Blue Economy', which is in dire need of resource resilience. He highlighted the need for 'Greening the Blue Economy', by tapping into ocean-based alternative and renewable sources of energy.
Vice Admiral Luthra also familiarised the audience with the Indian Navy's 'Energy Conservation Roadmap' and various green initiatives being undertaken across naval ships and establishments to ensure environmental conservation and resource resilience.
Established in 2011, the Indian National Association for the Club of Rome is a non-profit organisation which aims to "act as a global catalyst for change through the identification and analysis of the crucial problems India is facing and communication of such problems to the most important public and private decision makers as well as general public."