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Corporate India and its Role in GHG Emissions Management

On 28th November 2016, WRI India in collaboration with CII organised an event in Bangalore to further conversations among Indian corporates, with regard to greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement, reporting, and possible mitigation measures through energy efficiency and renewable energy. Panelists and participants included academicians, corporations interested in reducing their carbon footprint, private organisations engaged in promotion of renewable energy and general stakeholders interested in the energy sector.

The opening plenary included an introduction by Vivek Adhia on current GHG emission patterns due to energy consumption habits in India and the subsequent efforts made by corporates to reduce their emissions in the last few years. In addition, Deepak Krishnan gave a succinct overview of the GPMDG India program and its recent progress. Two parallel sessions were held during the event: i) GPMDG Karnataka Steering Committee; ii) India GHG Program tools, business support and best practices - an overview and discussion.

Mr. S Chandrashekhar, the current MD of Bhoruka Power Corp. Ltd., chaired the GPMDG Karnataka Steering Committee session.

The panel included some established names from the green energy circles in India, including but not limited to – H Chandrashekhar, Nisha Jairam, Pratyush Thakur and Vishal Pandya. The session began with opening remarks from Mr. S Chandrashekhar who stressed upon the importance of promoting green energy in India. Mr. H Chandrashekhar went on to voice concerns regarding the regulatory framework for renewable energy. Nisha Jairam, CII and Deepak Krishnan, WRI India, presented on the current status of the GPMDG program in India and its milestones. The stage was then taken by Ms Rashi Gupta from The Climate Group who gave a detailed overview of the RE100 Program.

The parallel session was attended by notable participants like Vikram Reddy Kandula, Clean Max Energy Solutions; Shailesh Telang, CDP; Ramesh Shivanna, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry. Chirag Gajjar, WRI India, highlighted the achievements of the India GHG program and its success among leading Indian corporates. Further, Ashok Thanikonda elaborated on WRI’s work under the Building Efficiency Initiative.

Ms. Mary Sotos, WRI, concluded the event with an informative presentation on the status of renewable energy projects in the US and the effectiveness of GHG emissions mapping and mitigation by US corporations.

This post is authored by Siddharth Johar, a legal consultant working with WRI India.

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