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In an interesting conversation with SolarQuarter India magazine, Pankaj Pandey, Head – Community-based Projects, EKI Energy Services Ltd. briefed us about his experience, the key developments in EKI, and how the company is focusing on the upliftment of community projects.
Please give us a brief background of yourself and your professional experience.
I have 15+ years of experience in enhancing organizational reach and market share through strategic business planning and innovative business development concepts. I specialize in revenue acceleration, pricing sciences, and the implementation of robust business strategies. Prior to EKI, I was with CG Power & Industrial Solutions Ltd. (erstwhile Crompton Greaves).
How has your experience been with EKI? What have been some key developments under your expert guidance?
EKI shares my vision of building a sustainable tomorrow. It is therefore an absolute delight to work with some of the best minds in the industry on the common cause of enabling a greener future through climate action and sustainable development for the community at large.
I lead the team here to champion strategic carbon projects that help uplift the community while also enabling the restoration of nature and strengthening the backward integration of the carbon credit supply chain. Each project is developed post extensive research and development to ensure that its drives EKI’s aim of enabling the planet to a net-zero future.
These include –
(i) Water Filter Projects – Providing easy access to reliable sources of safe water that is critical for the good health of the community.
(ii) LED Projects – We are in the process of developing an end-to-end project that will enable the distribution of energy-efficient LED bulbs across rural villages with an aim to enable energy-efficient lighting options.
(iii) Cookstove Project – We launched the Green Cooking initiative to replace the smoke-emitting traditional mud/three stone fire cook stoves with Improved cook stoves (ICS) that are safer and also fuel efficient.
(iv) Nature-based Solutions – We champion the implementation of nature-based solutions to offset carbon emissions
Tell us how EKI Energy is focusing on the upliftment of community projects.
Since its inception, EKI has been working towards building a sustainable planet with a deep focus on community development. These projects of EKI enable:
(i) Environmental Sustainability through GHG emission reduction and Nature conservation
(ii) Social Sustainability through improved livelihood, life quality and community health & safety
(iii) Economic Sustainability through the development of local economy, improved community livelihood, reduction of rural household expenditures for fuel, wood, healthcare etc.
What other initiatives is EKI planning to come up with in the near future?
We continue to innovate more such projects that offer multiple social and economic benefits and offer sustainable community development.
Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Becoming a responsible and mindful consumer while also enabling the development of building a sustainable tomorrow is a communal responsibility and each of us needs to come together to do our bit for planet Earth as there is no planet B.