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Global experts and political leaders come together at WRETC 2014 to accelerate low carbon growth in India

Date
27 August 2014
Global experts and political leaders come together at WRETC 2014 to accelerate low carbon growth in India

NEW DELHI: International and domestic government leaders and industry experts met in New Delhi for the 5th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress & Expo-2014 (WRETC), where they shared collective ambition to connect India's population to cleaner energy. 

WRETC was held in New Delhi from August 21-23, to serve as a platform for the global renewable energy industry to discuss key issues around fast-tracking a sustainable future, including the latest new technologies, investment opportunities and project financing.

The event was organized by the Energy and Environment Foundation and supported by UNESCO, and the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and Ministry of Science.

Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, delivered the inaugural address, in which he stressed the importance of promoting renewable energy and clean technology.

The Climate Group was an Associate partner of the three-day conference. Our India Director, Krishnan Pallassana was one of the speakers under the plenary session, 'Financing of Renewable Energy Projects'. Commenting on the unique opportunity for sustainability networking the event affords, he said: “The amalgamation of government officials, academics, industry experts and practioners in the conference gave much-needed networking opportunities; to share and learn. There is a clear need for a coordinated approach to address all critical areas including policy, regulation, technology and finance, if we are to fulfill total energy access in India without compromising our need to protect the environment and usher economic growth.”

In a bid to cover a broad range of issues purporting to all sectors and actors in the low carbon economy, WRETC topics included innovation, policy and regulatory issues, developing the solar industry, biofuel, offshore wind, smart technologies, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation.

Jarnail Singh, India Program Manager, The Climate Group, was a speaker under a plenary session called 'Rural Energy Access'. He said: “The conference provided a much required platform for stakeholders from policy, civil society and technological realms as well as financial institutions to enable 400 million people in this country to access energy from cleaner sources. It was interesting to notice the enthusiasm of government leaders as well as policymakers to scale up market-based delivery models for achieving rural energy access universally.”

The conference was attended by a total of 326 national and international delegates from around the world, including Canada, Chile, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US. 

The Climate Group has its own rural access to clean energy project, Bijli, which is principally funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the lives of rural inhabitants in India by deploying renewable energy technologies and improving infrastructure quality, and will be discussed next month during Climate Week NYC. 

For a full list of Climate Week NYC events, please visit ClimateWeekNYC.org

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Above: Krishnan Pallassana, Executive Director, The Climate Group, receiving a token of appreciation for participation at the World Renewable Energy Technology Congress & Expo - 2014. Top of page: Jarnail Singh, India Program Manager, The Climate Group, speaking on the rural energy access panel.

See more images from the event on Flickr.

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