NEW DELHI, 21 August 2014: A FICCI delegation led by Mr Sidharth Birla, President, FICCI and comprising senior business leaders met Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change to articulate industry’s position on climate change. The UN Secretary General Ban ki- Moon has convened world political and business leaders to a Climate Summit next month in New York. FICCI met the Minister to bring the industry voice into the climate change discussion in the run-up to the UN Secretary General’s Summit.
FICCI requested the Minister to articulate the industry position in his address to the UN SG Climate Summit, the needs of Indian industry, the ambitious domestic programmes put in place that will support low carbon development, the renewable energy targets achieved, the energy efficiency goals met, and the future strategic climate related interventions the government is planning to espouse.
The measures taken by the government towards building the necessary regulatory and policy environment for low carbon development creates a strong position for India to announce to the global community. India must voice the government’s and industry’s proactive engagement on low carbon pathways being pursued through stiff targets and voluntary initiatives at the national level, to the international community. Industry has for the first time come out to voice to the government the need to articulate the strong domestic measures being undertaken by the government and the proactive initiatives by industry to the international community. There is a need to sensitize the world on what India is doing and plans to do, there is a sense in the global community that not much is being done. The government has a strong intent to push clean energy, clean technology, low carbon initiatives and the industry is keen to espouse these, if backed by appropriate financing mechanisms from global resources.
The other members of the FICCI Delegation included Ms Jyotsna Suri, Senior Vice President, FICCI, Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Immediate Past President, FICCI & Chairman India, Director, HSBC Asia-Pacific, Mr Rakesh Bakshi, CMD, RRB Energy, Mr Devin Narang, MD, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, Dr A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, and Ms Rita Roy Choudhury, Senior Director, FICCI.