Kolkata, March 20: The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata has organized the “Net Zero Pathway for States and Businesses” on Monday here.
A high level delegation from the United Kingdom came to Kolkata to exchange knowledge on clean technologies, policies and sectoral skill developments.
The event was attended by senior policymakers and businesses. Topics like, Net Zero Target for
India by 2070; Exploring local livelihoods and good landscape practices through artist/researcher collaborations with communities in the Sundarbans Delta; Corporate Case Studies on Roadmap to Net Zero in India and Electric Vehicle (EV) were discussed.
The UK Delegation included representatives from Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies (Cenex) UK, Connected Places Catapult, Motability, NPTC Wales, KPMG UK and Newcastle University.
Deb A Mukherjee, Managing Director, Cenergist Energy Private Limited and Past President, The Bengal Chamber; Peter Cook, Acting British Deputy High Commissioner to East and Northeast India; S. Suresh Kumar, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Power, Government of West Bengal were present along with Pankaj Kumar Gupta, General Manager, Engineering Division, NTPC among others. Dr. Ashok Kumar Ghosh, Chairman, Bihar State Pollution Control Board; joined virtually with Anirban Ghosh, Head, Centre for Sustainability, Mahindra University.
Speaking on the occasion, Deb A Mukherjee said, “Net Zero target may be achieved by collaboration of multiple stakeholders. The Bengal Chamber is committed to facilitate businesses to adopt sustainable approached from district level (at industrial regions of West Bengal) to international level. The Chamber participated in COP26 in November 2021. The Bengal Chamber regularly engages with UK Government, who was also the host of COP26, in sustainability space including net zero, e-mobility, clean energy and alike areas.”
Peter Cook, British Deputy High Commissioner to East and North East India said, “West Bengal is already taking an innovative and progressive approach towards a clean transition. The UK Government and the visiting delegation are keen to engage fully with the state and businesses in the region to work towards a comprehensive Net Zero strategy and roadmap for a speedy and effective transition”.
As per report, India submitted its Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), during the 27th Conference of Parties (COP27), setting out a broad framework for meeting Net Zero goal by 2070.
During the Summit few of India’s biggest companies have declared net-zero targets and many companies have also pledged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. States and cities are adopting clean growth strategy to move towards the Net Zero target.
Today’s programme in Kolkata is part of a larger initiative to come up with a Strategy for Net Zero Pathway for businesses and states in East and North East India by sharing best practices through this event and by coming up with a comprehensive Roadmap on the way forward.
One of the key focus areas of the event was sharing best practices on Electric Vehicle Ecosystem.
As a step towards achieving Net-Zero Target, India is focusing on decarbonizing transport sector by promoting Electric Vehicles. To support and accelerate this transition, the UK Government also organized a Session on Electric Vehicle Ecosystem with focus on EV financing and accessible EV transition, as part the Net Zero event.
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