French Distinction conferred on Dr Ajay Mathur
Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr François Richier conferred French distinction ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour)’ on Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute.
New Delhi, 19 April 2016
On behalf of the President of the French Republic, H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, conferred the French civilian distinction, ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), on Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute, on Tuesday, 19th April 2016, at the Residence of France.
This honour comes in recognition of Dr Ajay Mathur instrumental role in addressing issues related to climate change and sustainable development in India and abroad, including through Indo-French cooperation on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development, creating enduring ties and promoting mutual understanding between India and France. Dr Ajay Mathur also played a prominent role in building consensus for reaching a global agreement on climate change at COP21 in Paris in December 2015.
Ajay Mathur is Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.
He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February 2016, and responsible for bringing energy efficiency into homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries.
Dr Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington, DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, and also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund.
He has been a key Indian climate change negotiator, and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change; recently, he joined the global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders to co-chair an Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.
Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honour is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service, regardless of the nationality of the recipient. The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour.