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India’s Road to COP26 Summit

May 5 2021, 08:30 UTC - May 5 2021, 12:30 UTC

May 5 2021, 2:00 PM IST - May 5 2021, 5:45 PM IST

Global attention is now on India - the third-largest carbon emitter, and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Business support will remain key to enabling India to step up its ambition on its NDCs from a 2°C trajectory to 1.5°C. Engagement with Indian companies is critical to setting India on this ambitious decarbonisation trajectory.

India is currently facing unprecedented times during the pandemic, especially as the country reels under the fierce new wave of COVID-19. We understand that the path of recovery from this new wave of COVID is going to be a big task for India. A massive investment of resources will be required to transform dated systems and build resilience across sectors. Additionally, we will have to navigate those barriers created by structural inequalities widely present in the country and those that will emerge. It is in times like these that renewed commitments and forging action-oriented, powerful partnerships become crucial. 

Energy, transport, and industrial efficiency are critical sectors to drive deep decarbonisation in India. We are witnessing India’s growing technical capabilities in these areas, with strong political backing, and a propensity for innovation and change, which was quite visible even in the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The India’s road to COP26 Summit is a key moment for Indian businesses to demonstrate their commitment and ambition to drive climate action on clean energy, industry, and transport systems in the lead-up to COP26. The event is hosted by the Climate Group in partnership with the UK Government, which holds the COP26 presidency and Customized Energy Solutions, our knowledge partner McKinsey & Company, and supported by IKEA India. 

The event

The event is the first in a series of three events - in May, September (Climate Week NYC) and November (COP26). The three events call for Indian companies to take further climate commitments on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric transport pathways.  

The agenda for the summit will hold a dedicated space to celebrate new commitments, and ongoing achievements for the Climate Group’s global initiatives - RE100, EP100 and EV100. These complement the Indian government’s appeal to companies as part of the Private Sector Declaration on Climate Change.

Opening ceremony: business and climate action


  • Dr. Divya Sharma, India Executive Director, Climate Group
  • Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President & Managing Director, Customized Energy Solutions

Keynote speakers

  • Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, and Minister of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises
  • Dr. John Murton, UK's COP26 Envoy

Special note

  • Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Group
  • Mahendra Singhi, Managing Director & CEO, Dalmia Cement
  • Parth Jindal, Managing Director, JSW Cement

Panel discussion

  • Ameya Prabhu, Author & Managing Director, NAFA Capital Advisors & Member of the India Advisory Group, Climate Group
  • Natalie Toms, Chief Economist & Counsellor, British High Commission in India
  • Naveen Unni, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Session chair: Shabnam Siddiqui, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network

Session on clean energy: raising ambition on accelerating a clean energy transition

  • Anish De, National Head - Energy & Natural Resources, KPMG 
  • Bose Varghese, Head - Green Initiatives, Infosys Limited
  • Prabodha Acharya, Chief Sustainability Officer, JSW Group
  • Ritu Lal, Senior VP & Head of Marketing and Institutional Relations, Amplus Solar

Session chair: Atul Mudaliar, Head of Business Actions, Climate Group, India

Session on energy efficiency: inspiring energy-smart companies

  • Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group
  • Arjun P Gupta, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Smart Joules
  • Deeksha Vats, Chief Sustainability Officer, Aditya Birla Group
  • Madhulika Sharma, Chief Corporate Sustainability, Tata Steel

Session chair: Dr. Divya Sharma, India Executive Director, Climate Group 

Session on clean transport: driving demand and adoption of clean transport

  • Hemant Badri, Senior VP & Head of Supply Chain, Flipkart
  • Preet Dhupar, Chief Financial Officer, IKEA India
  • Dr. Shalini Sarin, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Electromobilitat

Session chair: Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman, SUN Group of Companies

Join us in driving ambition and action from Indian businesses and influence what that change will look like for India in 2021. 


India Road to COP26 - Interactive Brochure.pdf

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Date added: 09/04/21