European Climate Action Day @Bengaluru

European Climate Action Day

Date: 21-09-2016
Venue: Hotel Taj West End, Bengaluru
Organizers:

European Climate Action Day Sponspors

Event description
European Climate Action Day – Challenges and Innovative Solutions

The European Diplomatic Missions in Bengaluru will commemorate the European Climate Day in a special way, this year! The Swiss, British, French and German representations in Bengaluru invite you to be part of the European Climate Action Day on 21st September 2016.

Learn all about the contributions of European innovation that could help India achieve its goal and participate in panel discussions on innovative solutions to address climate change in India, especially Karnataka. Network with the experts and delegates from several European countries and be a part of the big change that we aim to bring in.

Event summary

Session 1: Inaugural Session and Keynote
Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director Fraunhofer office India; highlight significance of this event, where different European countries and related institutions, companies come together to discuss issues related to climate change. She has also provided a brief overview of event.

Mr. Dominic McAllister from British High Commission, Dr Balz Strasser from Cousul General of Switzerland, Mr. François Gautier from Consul General of France, and Mr. Marigit Hellwig-Bötte from German Consul in Bangalore, highlighted commitment of their countries in fighting climate change and their interest in working with Indian stakeholders.

Prof. P.S. Goel, in his keynote address, highlighted a very simple fact. Climate change is a problem created by scientist and will be solved by scientist. With good research, renewable energy cost has come down by 50%, but more has to be done to make it affordable to everyone. Going D/C supply to household will help 30% reduction in energy. He has asserted need of more work to be done with respect to communication, marine productivity. Water is a scarce resource. Recycling and reusing the water can help can be helpful.

Dr. Prodipto Ghosh gave a talk about Climate policy and multilateral regime around this. The deeper objectives of different countries, whether developing or developed are economic in nature. He has compared per capita emission of different countries in context of India and highlighted energy efficiency in other countries. Even in future, per capita emission of India will be lower than many of developed nations. Indian government spending on climate change mitigation is more than the defense. Technological transformation are happening but life style change still have not begin and they were also not clear in Paris climate agreement. He highlighted UNFCC framework and highlighted domestic policy challenges of different group of nations in implementing Kyoto Protocol.

Shri Dinesh Gundu Rao highlighted role of legislators in trying to implement solutions at ground level. He introduced us about Climate Parliament and 40 members of parliament are actively working towards political will in climate change. Climate parliament was able to raise long term issues. He also asserted that political people love the things which they can show, display. Actions which can be seen. According to him, legislators can play an important role in mitigating climate change by acting as a catalyst.

Session 2: Panel discussion on Energy and Water-Critical factors in climate change

Moderator of session Mr. Hari Hegde clearly laid out 3 underlying principle for this discussion.

1. Equity and social justice: Paris 21 agreement
2. What are big challenges even before the climate change:Moving to increase in energy consumption but on sustainable recyle water: Reduce fresh water consumption + less polluted water
3.How do you intuitively and intelligently apply the technology in Indian context?

Mr. G.V. Balram highlighted, how we can reduced 60% electricity, that is being wasted during various mode of transmission and generations. He also told a story about constantly reduction in rain water harvesting by local populations during past 3 decade. The free power supply given to farming sector need to be checked towards efficiency. According to him, next big innovation will be in storage of electricity.

Dr. Mohan Kumar highlighted need to understand the water cycle. Lot of power is being consumed to transfer Cauvery water from Mandya to Bengaluru, still there has been lot of leakage issues. If this can be address, both power and water will be saved. Efficiency in the system has to be looked upon. Sustainable cities has to be mantra of future than just making them smart cities.

Mr. Daniel Ziegerer highlighted role of international transfer of technology. Many of past technologies were very helpful in energy savings, which now seems to be faded away with rapid modernization. They are returning back. He highlighted that external solution not necessarily needs to be easy task always. Lot of innovation need to be done to customize solution to fit in local context. He has given strong thumbs up for decentralized of many things to make solution more effective and meaningful during implementation.

Session 3: Panel discussion on Innovative Solutions to Mitigate Climate Change

Dr. Alok Deshmukh made an opening remark about energy efficiency. Energy efficiency has to be actionable, measurable, as well as visible. Making it productive alignment can be helpful. Like for hotel industry, measurements can be done in energy savings per house rather than current traditional system. It will help customer to understand savings in much better way.

Mr. Mathieu Weiss gave presentation related to space collaboration between France and India. Using satellite position in low altitudes, one can measure the humidity and Geo-thermal chances to accurately assess climate. He gave example of a call center in India, on how space technology is helping end user like farmer. Satellite can predict in accurately calculating emission data of different countries.

Mr. Pirre Jaboyedoff highlighted, that growth of buildings required more energy demand. Urbanization in India will push it further, especially the rise in energy consumption. Appropriate design and using sustainable life-style can reduce it, enabling savings in energy.

Mr. Arun Nemani highlighted efforts made by his company in building an entire Eco-system around telecom tower. Not just providing sustainable solutions but also promoting sustainable values in vicinity of every tower.

Dr. Sridhar from Bosch highlighted Zero discharge policy and how they made entire Cochin International Airport powered by solar lights.

Conclusion
Event ended with concluding remarks given by Ms. Anandi Iyer. In between sessions, awards were given to students for their innovative ideas towards mitigating climate change.

(Based on personal experiences. Need not to be true to the minute details)

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