ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: EMERGING CHALLENGES

The EEE Conference 2021 was a first-of-its-kind conference in India where experts came together to find synergy between Environment and Economy, so that both may thrive despite forthcoming disruptions. It focused on policies and strategies to simultaneously address Indian environmental, developmental and Nation-building challenges within the next 10 years.

22nd January 2021 - 3.30-7.00 PM IST

INAUGURAL ADDRESS: Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, NITI AAYOG

SETTING AGENDA: Prof Amitav Mallik, Conference Convener, Trustee, PIC

SESSION 1:  INTER-RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMICS

Inaugural Session and Session 1 

 

  • Dr Chirag Dhara, Climate Scientist, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune: Environmental Consequences of Limitless Economic Growth
  • Dr Ramprasad Sengupta, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU): Environmental Degradation and Impacts on Economic Resilience
  • Dr Gurudas NulkarTrustee and Faculty, Ecological Society: Building Synergy between Environment and Economy

‘Climate Economics’ is a relatively new term that invites attention to the intrinsic Inter-Dependence of the Two. Hence, the session aimed to introduce the concept and build the case for “Climate Economics”. Environment and economy cannot be at cross purposes and must work with maximum synergy. The decade presents the last opportunity for a major course correction towards sustainable progress…

SESSION 2: LOW CARBON ECONOMY FOR GREEN GROWTH

Session 2 

Keynote Speech: Dr Ashok Khosla, Co-Chair, United Nations Environment Programme’s International Resource Panel (UNEP-IRP): Development Alternative for Resource Conservation

  • Dr Dipak Dasgupta, Lead Author,Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI): Green Investment Mechanisms and Performance Indices
  • Dr Peter Heck, Managing Director, Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), Germany: Integrating Circular Economy in Industrial Ecosystems
  • Dr Priyadarshini Karve, National Convener, Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC): Leveraging Low Carbon Economy for Green Development

While Human Development has progressed, the Earth Eco-system is getting destroyed and Economies are dithering. The standard measure of Progress ‘GDP’ measures the volume of monetary transactions – unmindful of Human quality of life or peace of mind. Earth resources are depleting and societal divide has been increasing alarmingly. The session discussed alternative economic development models that can bridge the discord between environment and economy with policy drivers and technological interventions.



23rd January 2021 - 3.30-7.00 PM IST

SESSION 3: CHANGING ENERGY DYNAMICS FOR INDIA

Session 3 

 

Keynote Speech: Dr Rahool Pai Panandiker, Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group: Imperatives for Energy Transition to Renewable Energy (RE) – Planning, Scale, Infrastructure

  • Mr Ajit Kapadia, Vice-Chairman, Centre for Fuel Studies and Research (CFSR): A Strategy for rapid shift to RE in India
  • Dr Saon Ray, Senior Fellow, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER): Energy Economics – Green Financing/ Jobs/ Infrastructure/ Pricing and Policy Incentives
  • Dr Nitant MateManaging Director, SeeGreen Solutions: 24x7 RE with Storage and other Innovative Technologies for ultimate Energy Independence

Energy plays a major role today in fueling the world’s economic growth. But recent papers have highlighted the growing negative effects of burning fossil fuels which are increasing the burden on the economy itself. The session put forth ways to gradually phase out fossil fuels and various technological and economically profitable ways to transition rapidly to a Renewable Energy-powered economy.

SESSION 4: Panel Discussion: PATHWAY TO AN ENVIRONMENTAL-ECONOMIC POLICY

Session 4 and Concluding Session

Moderated by Prof Amitav Mallik, Conference Convener and Trustee, PIC

  • Dr Anupam Saraph, Future Designer: Limits to Environmental-Economic Synergy and Ecological Integrity
  • Dr Sharachchandra Lele, Distinguished Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE): Environmentally Responsible Economic Growth
  • Dr L S Shashidhara, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune and Ashoka University, Sonepat: Strategic approach to Innovation & Governance
  • Mr Arvind Karandikar, Managing Director, Nexus Energytech: Technological challenges for a Net-Carbon Neutral future

What is seen is problematic BUT What is unseen is even more so, the global warming consequences we are experiencing now are just the tip of the iceberg. We need to urgently restore and preserve our environmental as well as human well-being with foresighted public policies and pragmatic political support. The session focused on finding a pathway to removing existing pitfalls and barriers and building synergy between Environment & Economy for future generations.

SPECIAL ADDRESS: Adv Vandana Chavan, MP, Rajya Sabha

CONCLUDING REMARKS: 

  • Dr Vijay Kelkar, Vice-President, PIC
  • Prof Amitav Mallik, Convener, PIC

VOTE OF THANKS