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Sep 08, 2017

The two-day Sustainability Summit stresses on working together to change lifestyles and make smart choices.

New Delhi: Climate change affects everyone, so everyone is a stakeholder. It is imperative to find common ground so that collaborative work can be carried out in a mutually beneficial way. There is a need to work together to change lifestyles and make smart choices. These were some of the messages during the Sustainability Summit organised by CII-ITC in New Delhi on September 7-8.

The Department of Science & Technology, Government of India’s initiatives on climate change research in India were discussed by Dr. Akhilesh Gupta. He argued that the climate change programme of DST has meaningfully contributed towards building human and institutional capacities in climate change research.

Focusing on climate change and future aspects, the second day of the summit involved showcasing of good practices on climate change from Indian cities like Rajkot, Nagpur, Surat and few others.

Discussing about the local perspective on climate change, P R Remitti, programme director, International Urban Cooperation India, stressed upon the important role cities play in climate change.

Striking another note, Dr Vaibhav Chaturvedi, senior Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment &Water (CEEW), argued at the Sustainability Summit, “The important question is whether it is possible to decarbonize industrial sector without affecting employment.”

Speaking at the two-day submit,  Dian Phylipsen, Director - Climate Change,  SQ Consult B.V added that more joint project facilities for India and EU are needed. There is also a need for educational programmes about climate change in universities as academia has a lot to contribute.

The concluding session discussed the future possibilities for cooperation between India and EU

Sanjay Vashist, director, Climate Action Network in South Asia, representing the voice of civil societies, suggested that there is a need for inclusive growth. He made several points where India could learn from EU, which includes firstly integrated planning. He argued that India does planning in bits and pieces and ends up utilizing more resources. He further argued that investment from EU can support schemes like Make in India. Strategic collaboration is another platform where both can collaborate. Improvements and availability of renewable technologies is another area. On the other hand, he argued that EU can learn adaptability from India. Joint ventures for manufacturing are another area of collaboration.

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