The Road to Paris: third session of “COP21 Dialogues”
In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December this year, the Embassy of France in India is organizing a monthly seminar series, entitled: “The Road to Paris: COP21 Dialogues”.
New Delhi, 21 May 2015
The third session of the conference series, entitled “Could Technology Partnerships Catalyse Climate Negotiations?”, took place on Thursday, 21st May 2015 at the Embassy of France in India.
This event was convened in partnership with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).
This session was chaired and moderated by Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, CEEW. The speakers were Mr Krishan Dhawan, CEO, Shakti Foundation; Dr Satish Kumar, Advisor, Schneider Electric India; Dr Ahmed Kamal, Director, Second Generation Biofuels, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology; Dr Neeraj Sharma, Head, Technology development and Transfer Unit, Department of Science and Technology (DST).
During the session, the necessity of building technology partnerships between groups of countries on issues of common interest was stressed. This could demonstrate willingness and joint effort and result in solutions, which might have been hard to develop on one’s own.
To develop these partnerships, it would be important to draw on the common drivers, which could be the basis for cooperation between countries: access to basic services, better quality of life and, thereby, efficiency in resource use and, in developed and developing countries, for better returns on investments in technologies and new business opportunities.
The discussion was based on experiences and lessons learned from technology partnerships that already exist, for example between India and France or India and the US. Building on the common drivers of access, efficiency and investments in game changing technologies, it was stated that India could play a role in promoting and participating in several technology partnerships, two of which could be energy access and energy storage.
The discussion also highlighted that these partnerships could also help to break the logjam in the climate negotiations. First, it would set out a roadmap for action at scale and across countries. Secondly, it would prioritise action now on some key issues of common concern, thereby building the trust necessary for implementing the 2020-2030 commitments. Thirdly, it would overcome the concerns about the voice of small countries. These technology partnerships and associated IP arrangements would not be exclusive clubs but would have open and expanding membership over time. If successful, other partnerships, such as on industrial energy efficiency, water use efficiency, agricultural R&D or electric mobility, could be conceived in future.
The next session of the ‘COP21 Dialogues’ will be held end of June on the theme of climate finance, in partnership with IRADe (Integrated Research and Action for Development).
Open to the public and hosted in partnership with various Indian think-tanks and NGOs, this seminar series provides a platform to address a range of themes and issues that are relevant to the upcoming negotiations in Paris: sustainable energy access; adaptation to climate impacts; technology development and transfer; financing mitigation and adaptation; climate change and health, and sustainable architecture. The seminars seek to facilitate dialogue on these themes from the perspective of Indian stakeholders.
The Embassy of France in India is inviting speakers from various backgrounds and with different opinions to foster debate and dialogue. The conversations from the seminar series will be compiled in a report, which will be released before COP21 so as to provide greater visibility to opinions of Indian stakeholders on issues pertinent to the global climate negotiations.
The maiden session, which took place in Delhi on 23rd March 2015, was entitled “Energy for All: how can India pursue its goal of providing energy to all sustainably?”, and was moderated by Mr J.M. Mauskar, Member, Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.
The second session, which took place in Kolkata on 23rd April 2015, was entitled “Supporting climate-resilient development in India”, and was moderated by Dr V. Mathur, Senior Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris in December this year. An effective and equitable international agreement will be critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to 2 degree Celsius and for supporting adaptation to climate impacts. France, as the host and chair of COP21, is committed to the role of an impartial facilitator for forging an ambitious agreement at COP 21.