Cleaner Cities at #CK2018

April 5th 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Integrated Urban Water Management

Session: Circular Economy in the Municipal Wastewater Sector 

Venue: Willow 

Rapid urbanization in India has been accompanied by inadequate investments in liquid and solid waste management infrastructure for municipal wastes. The consequences are severe environmental and health impacts, such as about a fifth of communicable diseases in India traced to unsafe water in cities. The Government of India has developed a package of fiscal incentives to encourage public-private partnerships, along with financial support for wastewater (sewage) treatment infrastructure at the municipal level. Regulatory authority has also been appropriately delegated to Pollution Control Boards at the state and central levels. However, the reality remains that high upfront investments costs and recurring operational and maintenance costs constrain the ability of municipal bodies to mitigate the serious liquid and solid waste management problems urban areas are experiencing. 

Emerging research at WRI India suggests that a ‘leapfrogging’ opportunity exists by adopting circular business models in the municipal wastewater treatment sector. A key requirement is planning and implementation of policies and business plans different from what has been done in the past - because economic value from circular processes will require a different combination of partnerships, incentives and regulations than when linear economic processes are followed. At this session in Connect Karo 2018 – WRI India brings together eminent experts to explore the potential for shifting to a circular ecosystem for municipal wastewater with a focus on energy and resource recovery. The session participants include representatives of municipal water and sewage utilities, wastewater treatment technology and infrastructure providers, research organizations and more. 


April 5th Full Day 10:00am – 6:00 pm 

Clean Energy 

Venue: Juniper 

Low Carbon Built Environment 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Session 1 - Aspiring to zero carbon buildings/built environment for Indian cities. 

The panel will articulate the framing for net zero energy/zero carbon buildings in India, the feasibility of the aspiration and enabling framework for achieving the vision. Some of the questions, the panel will answer are: 

· What is the definition of Zero Carbon Buildings in India? 

· What should be the principles for ZCBs? 

· How feasible is it for cities to aspire for ZCB in the future under the different climates in India? 

· What do cities need for a ZCB future? (enabling mechanisms, barriers etc) 

· Leveraging existing resources/tools/programs for implementing ZCB 

The panel will provide a way forward to achieving ZCB in Indian cities. 

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Accelerating Rooftop Solar Adoption 2:00pm - 5:00pm 

Session 2 – Addressing the pain points for uptake of rooftop solar 

Residential rooftop solar segment play critical role in achieving India’s overall 100 GW target of solar capacity addition by 2022. However, despite the recent efforts by the government, only 271MW has been added by 2017 which has led to downscaling of the current overall rooftop solar target to 1000MW from the earlier 5000MW for the FY 2018. The proposed session would deliberate on the findings of a recent survey undertaken by WRI in 5 cities in India and discuss about addressing the pain-points existing in the residential sector that is impeding the growth. 


April 6th Full Day 10:00am- 6:00pm 

Climate Action Planning 

Venue: Juniper 

Session 1: Advancing Climate Action for Cities 10:00am- 1:00pm 

Session Partners: Global Covenant of Mayors - South Asia

Session Lead from WRI: Subrata Chakrabarty & Vivek Adhia 

Session Description: Across the world, cities have been stepping up ambitious climate action and integrating their development planning process in line with long term environment goals. As of Oct. 2017, more than 7400 cities and towns, representing a combined population of ~700million have made ambitious commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Global Covenant of Mayors. As the Global Covenant looks forward to setting-up its regional chapter, WRI along with GCOM partners, EU Joint Research Center and others – would be hosting its first ever technical workshop to introduce and illustrate key tools, approaches and methodologies for city level climate action planning on mapping, measurement & management, risk & vulnerability analysis and integrating development. At the session, Participants would learn from first-hand experience, access GCOM approach and link local city-level climate action planning to nationally determined contributions.

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Session 2: Carbon Pricing 2:00pm – 6:00pm 

Session Partners: Shakti, IFC (CPLC) and GIZ 

Session Lead from WRI: Chirag Gajjar & Vivek Adhia 

Session Description: Carbon Pricing is being increasingly adopted as a key tool to drive ambitious emission reductions. More than 40+ national and sub-national governments, 1000+ businesses have committed to setting a price on carbon, and advance their national climate agenda. At the session, WRI would be launching the Carbon Pricing Primer, a key starting framework for institutions to adopt and internalize the price on carbon in a structured and robust manner. Participants would be able to learn from WRI experts on the key steps across goal setting, determining the carbon price and operationalizing the approaches. Additionally, experts would also share first hand experiences towards incorporating carbon pricing approaches in project planning, investment & development priorities etc.