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 weeklong conference.
The theme of the conference was centred 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 University, Kancheepuram, won the Young Environmental Leader Award and a cash prize of €500 for his project “TRANS-CONS”.
Soumyajit Paul is 20 years old and is pursuing Civil Engineering at SRM University, Kancheepuram. Soumyajit’s project is “TRANS-CONS” which is based on a green-building project and is about producing a light transmitting concrete structure (such as walls, columns and beams) which brings about savings in electricity during the day. A green-building project, TRANS-CONS, aims at creating energy savings up to 40 per cent by incorporating optical fibres into concrete structures.
This new kind of building material can integrate the concept of green energy saving with usage of self-sensing properties of functional materials. In an energy starved and space striving country like India, this technology will be the pinnacle for advancement of concrete technology. His comment on winning BYEE 2013, “I am really thankful to Bayer for providing me an excellent opportunity to put forth my views and represent India globally
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 centre, Leverkusen, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development, Bonn, and the Messe (Trade Fair Organisation), Düsseldorf.
With this conference, Bayer and UNEP have decided to end their successful collaboration spanning over a decade.

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