Delhi to Paris: Indian ministers and corporate leaders share will for climate deal success

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5 February 2015

NEW DELHI: A high-level discussion brought together prominent Indian businesses, government ministers and low carbon leaders including The Climate Group India Director Krishnan Pallassana, in a bid to shift climate talk to action, ahead of the Delhi Sustainable Summit.

The High Level Corporate Dialogue (HLCD) acted as the curtain raiser to the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015 (DSDS), which aims to chart a clear roadmap for sustainable development in India.

Organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), yesterday's summit was inaugurated by Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance, Government of India. Corporate and government leaders who spoke at the event included Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, Dr. Rana Kapoor, Founder, YES Bank, Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, Government of India, Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General, TERI and Chairman, IPCC, and R. Mukundan, Managing Director, Tata Chemicals.

The Climate Group and CDP supported the event and will drive follow-up actions through We Mean Business, a coalition of leading organizations working toward a low carbon future.

Krishnan Pallassana, India Director for The Climate Group who attended the dialogue said: “The impressive assembly of business leaders is a sure sign of the increasing concern about climate change and the need for business to take proactive and bold measures to address associated risks.

“It is clear that business leaders not only want the Indian government to take concrete measures to tackle climate change, but are also committed to extend their full support to such measures.

HLCD brought together a number of corporate and industry leaders around the theme ‘Delhi to Paris:  Corporate Vision on Climate Change’. Discussions around eight different topics ranging from mobility to energy efficiency and renewable energy, led to an action agenda for Indian business to focus on and lead a low carbon world.

Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said: “With global developments moving toward finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an agreement on climate change expected at the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP) at the end of 2015, there is need for a timely initiative in these areas. The summit would not only provide momentum to global developments in both these areas, but also enrich the debate through the insights and knowledge of very distinguished participants to focus on these two interlinked issues.”

The 15th edition of DSDS will open doors to several high-level discussions during the summit. The outcomes will be translated into a document focusing on the leveraged opportunities and challenges for each sector -including climate change- and presented at COP 21 in Paris in December 2015.

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