Advancing transformative solutions for climate change mitigation

For 38 consecutive years, global temperatures have exceeded the global annual averages, and the impacts
of this are being felt all around the world. By significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
vulnerability to climate change impacts, we can meet ambitious goals on access to urban opportunities
and drive ambition in both sub-national and national climate commitments. We need climate action that
reconciles top-down and bottom-up approaches with specific demonstration and pilot projects. Cities
need to establish frameworks that advance transformative solutions that mitigate climate change and
help communities adapt to its impacts.

11:30 am to 1:00 pm: New Climate Economy: Social Cost of Accounting for Services

WRI India’s work in demand aggregation for renewable energy and energy efficiency

Dr. Rajat Kathuria, CEO ICRIER: Opening Address
Mr. Srikanth Shastry, WRI India, Presentation on Social Cost of Accounting for Services, Case Studies of 4 Cities

Dr. Aniruddha Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Panel Discussion
Dr. O P Agarwal, Executive Director of the Indian School of Business
Ms. Akshima Ghate, The Energy Research Institute (TERI)
Ms. Yamini Aiyar, Center for Policy Research (CPR)
Dr. Rajat Kathuria, CEO ICRIER: Opening Address
Dr. Ashok Sreenivas (TBC), Prayas Energy Group
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm: New Climate Economy: Urban Finance

Session organized by PwC

Venue: Magnolia, IHC
10:00 am to 11:30 am: Accelerating Low-Carbon Transport Towards India’s NDCs

As India moves ahead to meet its developmental goals, mobility is going to play a critical role. Given the linkage of transport with India’s overall greenhouse gas emissions as well as the subsequent climate impacts for the country, WRI India’s Climate team and CEEW are hosting a high-level interaction exploring possible scenarios and impacts due to modal shifts (road, rail, air, navigation) with a focus on freight movement. The discussion will focus on impacts of freight across different transport corridors and benchmarking of distance and regions to facilitate the most efficient selection of modes. At the event, the WRI team would also release the draft Freight Rationalization Tool developed for Large Corporates in the presence of key stakeholders from business and policy.

10:00 am: Opening and Welcome Vivek Adhia, Head - Business Engagement, WRI India
10:20 am: Panel Discussion: Leveraging Sustainable Transport Opportunities to advance Climate Goals
Panelists (TBC)
Mr. K Swaminathan, Additional Member (Mechanical), Ministry of Railways of Business
Mr. Abhishek Chandra, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Shipping
Mr. Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

11:20 am: Closing
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm: Revamping Building Sector Practices

With the building, construction and infrastructure development gradually moving towards an organised set-up that has active focus from large scale corporate players, the opportunity to improve material usage and subsequently impact emissions arising out of the construction phase seems to be a better reality. The impact would be huge considering the quantum of construction activity that is expected to happen over the next decade. The session would address avenues for large scale corporate developers to map out their value chain or scope three emissions and contribute to the overall climate goals for the country.

Panel Discussion

Mr. Vivek Adhia, WRI India
Mr. Kiran Ananth, CII
Mr. KN Rao, ACC Limited
Ms. Zarine Commissionariat, Shapoorji Pallonji
Mr. Aditya Patwardhan, HCC
Ms. Tanvi Bongale, WRI India

Venue: Marigold, IHC
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm: Monitoring and Measuring Air Pollution

The session aims to understand how traditional and emerging technologies can complement each other to scale up measurements to make data relevant to people.

Background Presentation: Mr. Sameera Kumar Anthapur, WRI India of Business
Moderated by Dr. Jessica Seddon, Managing Director, Okapi Research and Visiting Fellow IDFC Institute
Ms. Anumita Roychudhury, Executive Director- Research & Advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment
Mr. Ankit Bhargava, Co- founder, Sensing Local
Dr. Prashant Gargava, Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board
Dr. Suresh Tiwari,,Deputy Director & Officer in-charge, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
Mr. Amardeep Sibia, CTO & Co-Founder, Earth2Orbit Analytix
Mr. Abhishek Pratap, Programme Director, Center for Environment and Energy Developmentd
Mr. Rajesh Rangarajan, Project Lead, AQ Initiatives, Okapi Research and Advisory

3:45 pm to 4:15 pm: Tea
4:15 pm to 5:30 pm: Action Plan for Cities

The session seeks to find solutions on how governments can advance the goals of improved air quality in their urban agendas, and which areas need special focus.

Background Presentation: Ms. Priyanka Vasudevan, WRI India of Business
Moderated by Mr. Vivek Adhia, WRI India
Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Ms. Anumita Roychudhury, Co- founder, Sensing LocalExecutive Director- Research & Advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment
Dr. Prashant Gargava, Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board
Mr. Kunal Sharma,,Senior Programme Manager, Climate Policy, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Mr. Parthaa Bosu, Innovation & Future Strategies Advisor, Domain and Functional Advisory Group
Ms. Jayashree Nandi, Reporter, The Times of India
Mr. Srikanth Shastry, WRI India

5:30 pm to 5:40 pm: Wrap up
Venue: Marigold, IHC