Numbers can differ from one study to the next, but there is unequivocal evidence that most things we use today, as our economy expands, come with a human and environmental cost that can no longer be ignored. Which is why advanced technologies in many areas can make it easier to switch to greener alternatives. Tessol in Mumbai, ProKlean in Chennai and Bengaluru’s Altigreen are demonstrating such possibilities every day.
Tessol’s quick-charge and heat-exchange solution decouples a reefer truck’s refrigeration from its engine, cutting diesel consumption, whereas Altigreen has a compact fit-and-forget designed-and-made-in-India hybrid electric kit for any car on Indian roads today. ProKlean’s probiotics formulations cut pollution in leather, textile, hospitality and paper and pulp sectors. Besides, these three companies also demonstrate that, far from the glitz of ecommerce, India is seeing a quiet revolution in hardcore engineering-driven ventures that could do with generous funding. What needs to change is the same old thing—our resistance to change.