India CEO Forum on Climate Change organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), discussed issues and opportunities to collaborate regarding fulfilling India’s national as well as international climate change commitments.
Businesses are recognised as crucial to meeting global climate change goals and forum on Climate Change focused on driving transition to a low-carbon economy. It delivered powerful messages as leaders from the private and public sector gathered to showcase their commitment to tackle climate change.
With this, the forum was successful in clearly communicating to the industry leadership the government’s vision on climate change and for the first time, seeking the views of the industries on the same as well examples of the climate initiatives being undertaken by the private and public sector. The Forum also consisted of high-level discussions across several sessions covering topics from India’s Nationally Determined Contributions to discussions on the 2019 United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit, to be held on 23rd September, 2019 in New York.
Secretary MoEFCC, Shri C.K. Mishra highlighted that, ‘’the forum was being conducted to create a mechanism for the government and businesses to formally talk about climate change issues and develop a common voice at global forums so that there is no disconnect between the stand of the government and that of the industries.’’
He further said that, this forum will help the government move from a language-based narrative on climate change to an action-based narrative and highlighted the important role that businesses play in dealing with global warming issues and a platform like this will help share best practices and facilitate cross-learning.
CEO Niti Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant said that “private sector should start technologically leapfrogging which will be much easier to achieve in India rather than western nations where the availability of old technology is more widespread.”
With the staggering response, MoEFCC resolved to organize more such meetings and encouraged industry to also take the lead in furthering discussions on climate change.