European Climate Action Day conference
European diplomatic missions in Bangalore – representing the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, and France – along with Fraunhofer, organised ’The European Climate Action Day: Challenges and Innovative Solutions’, on 21st September in Bangalore.
The event brought together sectoral technology experts, researchers and decision-makers, who discussed innovative solutions to limit climate change impact with main focus on Karnataka. The event included two very topical panel discussions on ’Energy and Water: Critical Factors in Climate Change’ and ’ Innovative Solutions to Mitigate Climate Change’. The panellists are renowned industry experts, who have been invited to shed light on the global and local scenario in the core area of "Climate Control" and suggest measures for the road ahead for international cooperation. The experts also highlighted specific technology solutions, as well as existing projects and activities for mitigating such challenges.
The event was inaugurated by the Guest of Honour, Shri. Dinesh Gundu Rao, President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and Chairman of Climate Parliament Steering Committee, Karnataka Chapter, with keynote address & special address by Prof. P S Goel, Dr Raja Ramanna Chair Professor at NIAS and formerly, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute.
This event is a follow-up of the discussions that were held at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21: held in Paris, from 30th November 2015 to 12th December 2015), which negotiated the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which aims at capping the rise of temperatures below 2°C by the end of this century, and, if possible, below 1.5°C.
Europe is engaged in a low-carbon transition. European Member-States, taking concrete implementation very seriously, are moving forward with ambitious domestic climate policies, incorporating new proposals to help meet the emissions reduction target of at least 40% by 2030 and further drive the transition to a low-carbon economy. European Member-States are also committed to providing assistance to developing countries in areas such as finance, technology and capacity building.
India has set itself ambitious targets that will have a significant impact on tackling climate change, such as 100GW of solar energy before 2022. India has also declared that 40% of its electricity mix will be sourced from non-fossil fuels by 2030. India has also announced the launch of the International Solar Alliance, which aims at facilitating the deployment of solar energy worldwide. European Member-States are committed to contributing to all these ambitious targets and initiatives taken by India.
Citizens and NGOs are not the only ones to truly care about a responsible environmental policy; entrepreneurs care, too.
Ahead of this event, there was a call for poster abstracts on ‘Innovative Solutions to Climate Change’, from Masters, PhD, and first postdoc-level researchers from Karnataka. The top three winners of the competition were awarded and their posters displayed on 21st September at the event.