Pune International Centre (PIC) and Climate Collective Pune (CCP) in association with the Department of Environmental Science, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) organized a Round Table discussion on ‘Pathway to make Pune Carbon Neutral by 2030’ on 8th April 2019 between 4:00-6:30 PM. The discussion was attended by interested academia and experts from SPPU, IISER, IITM, local colleges and NGOs in Pune.

The inaugural speech was delivered by Prof Amitav Mallik, Founding Member and Hon. Trustee, Pune International Centre and Convener, Climate Collective Pune. He emphasized the critical role of cities and their institutions in Climate Study and Climate Action. He also explained the urgency to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in this decade to avoid catastrophic events in the future.

This was followed by a presentation on the current greenhouse gas emissions scenario in Pune, calculated in terms of Carbon Footprint, by the CCP Team. The data available from PMC and PMR region was analyzed to understand the emissions related to different activities and sectors within the region. The presentation elaborated on the available data and information, analysis and interpretation of Pune’s Carbon Footprint and the gaps and questions which need to be addressed for getting a better picture of the problem. Some relevant Climate Actions and Policy Advisory in Electricity, Urban Planning, Infrastructure, Waste and Water Management, Transport and Carbon Sequestration studied so far were also shared with the audience for recommendations and suggestions.

This was followed by small talks by Dr Priyadarshini Karve (Samuchit Enviro Tech), Ms Sanskriti Menon (CEE, Pune) and Mr Mangesh Dighe (Environment Officer, PMC) on potential opportunities and research challenges in Climate Research and the role of academia in achieving meaningful Climate Action; especially with reference to Pune. The session concluded with an interactive session about on-going Climate Change work in Pune and a discussion on potential solutions for different urban sectors. The session concluded with closing remarks by Dr Rohit Bhagwat, Department of Environmental Science, SPPU, Pune.