Climate Action at #CK2017

Climate Action at #CK2017

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.


6 April 2017

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

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


7th April

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



10:00 am: Opening and Welcome- Vivek Adhia, Head - Business Engagement, WRI India

10:05 am: Transport Perspectives on India’s NDCs - Aditya Ramji, Programme Lead, CEEW

10:20 am: Panel Discussion: Leveraging Sustainable Transport Opportunities to advance Climate Goals

Panelists (TBC)

Mr. K Swaminathan, Additional Member (Mechanical), Ministry of Railways

- Mr. Abhishek Chandra, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Shipping

- Mr. Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

11:00 am: Corporate Perspectives to drive Sustainable Transport – Special Focus on Freight Rationalization -

Chirag Gajjar, Managing Associate, WRI India

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.

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

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 Development

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

Moderated by Mr. Vivek Adhia, WRI India

Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Ms. Anumita Roychudhury, Executive Director- Research & Advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment

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. Soumya Chaturvedula, Regional Manager, ICLEI South Asia (TBC)

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