Business & Climate Summit

Day 1: Thursday, August 31, 2017

8:30 - 10:00 hr
10:00 - 11:00 hrs
Inaugural Session
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien
  • Welcome Address by Mr Pankaj R Patel, President, FICCI
  • Introductory Address by Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Chair, Delhi BCS Steering Committee, Chairman, Max Financial & Past President, FICCI
  • Theme Address by Mr Brice Lalonde, Chair, BCS Association & Former Minister of Environment of France
  • Keynote Address by Ms Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Special Address by Mr Inia Seruiratu, High-level Climate Champion and Fiji Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Government of Fiji
  • Inaugural Address by Shri Harsh Vardhan, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India
11:05 - 12:20 hrs
Plenary Session 1: Milestones to 2020,& Beyond under the Paris Agreement
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

The twenty second session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP 22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, represented an important milestone in demonstrating tangible progress which can be built upon in the years going forward and for the first time articulated a strong role of non-state actors, focusing on collaboration by governments with businesses and other non-state actors, on climate change action. This session will deliberate on the action to be taken by business and governments in the period up to 2020, and beyond under the Paris Agreement, also highlighting voluntary initiatives from the private sector and non-state actors to support governments in implementing their climate actions.

Session Moderator: Ms Suhasini Haidar, Diplomatic Editor, The Hindu

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:

  • Mr Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO and Managing General Partner, Michelin
  • Mr Harsh Pati Singhania, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, JK Paper Ltd& Past President, FICCI
  • Mr Ravi Kirpalani, CEO, thyssenkrupp India
  • Mr Gerard Mestrallet, Chairman, ENGIE & Chairman, Paris Europlace
  • Ms Brune Poirson, Minister of State to Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Government of France
  • Dr Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of Ethiopia
  • Mr Piyush Goyal, Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, and Mines, Government of India
12:25 - 13:40 hrs
Focus Session 1A
Urban Environment & Cities: Built Environment & Spatial Planning
Venue: Desire Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Sustainable cities embodies the discussion on predominance of renewable energy applications, energy efficiency measures, sustainable waste and water management, smart IT integrated platforms for use of civic services with a focus on saving fuel, energy, water and reducing carbon footprint. They also involve shifts in spatial planning to reduce intra-city transport demands and facilitate infrastructure for commuter transport. This session will brainstorm on the needed policy push and best practices being followed around the world for low carbon sustainable habitats.

Session Moderator: Ms Helen Mountford, Programme Director, New Climate Economy

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Amit Sharma, Managing Director, Tata Consulting Engineers
Mr Anil Chaudhury, President - India, Schneider Electric
Mr Husamuddin Ahmadzai, Senior Adviser, Swedish Environment Protection Agency
Dr Rajat Kathuria, Director & Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

Focus Session 1B
Clean Energy: Collaborative Approaches for Energy Access and Energy Security
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Securing energy needs is essential for boosting economic growth, alleviating poverty and combating the impacts of climate change. Nearly 1.2 billion people across the globe - 16% of the entire population - do not have access to electricity, and powering this unserved population is expected to create a huge demand in the near future. Clean energy options, both grid-connected and decentralized renewable energy interventions, will be important in achieving the dual goal of energy access and energy security. The session will focus on collaborative approaches on technology transfer, R&D, transformative nancing solutions and business models, and the role of global platforms and alliances to bring about scale and cost effectiveness in clean energy applications.

Session Chair: Mr Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Nitin Prasad, Chairman (India), Shell
Mr Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General, International Solar Alliance
Mr Kjetil Lund, Head of Public Affairs & Climate Policy, Statkraft

13:40 - 14:20 hrs
14:20 - 15:35 hrs
Plenary Session 2: Mobilizing Private and Public Finance for Climate Action
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Accomplishing global climate action will require massive step up in the flow of financial resources. Clean energy alone would require trillions of dollars of funding. Regulatory and policy measures to enable banks to channel finance towards low carbon and adaptation projects is critical. The role of the capital market to mobilize private long term finance is also crucial, especially in the context of green bonds. This session will deliberate on the potential enablers for dovetailing the banking industry towards responsible and sustainable business practices, as well as the enablers for triggering insurance sector, capital markets, including both venture capitalists and big investors towards financing climate-friendly projects.

Session Chair: Mr Dinesh Sharma, Special Secretary, (Economic Affairs), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, & India's Member on Green Climate Fund

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO, EDF Group
Ms Kaku Nakhate, President and India Country Head, Bank of America
Mr Brian Cahill, Managing Director, Moody's Investors Service, Australia
Mr Stuart P Milne, CEO (India), HSBC
Mr Karnam Sekar, Deputy Managing Director, State Bank of India

15:40- 16:55 hrs
Focus Sessions 2A
Creating a Market for Wastewater, Solid Waste and Sanitation
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Circular economy is gradually assuming centre-stage with increasing thrust on the 3Rs principle, also from the business and industry standpoint. Globally, there have been successful models for sanitation, water and solid waste management in a market framework. This session would brainstorm on the various entrepreneurial ecosystems and business models that need to be encouraged for solid and liquid waste management as well as Water management, with optimal reuse & creating a market for the end products.

Session Moderator: Ms Rita Roy Choudhury, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Mahesh Babu, Managing Director, IL&FS Environmental Services Ltd
Mr Guillaume Dourdin, CEO (India), Veolia
Mr Philippe Serres, Regional Manager - South Asia, PROPARCO
Mr Sanjiv Lal, Chief Operating Officer, Tata Chemicals
Mr Samir Kumar, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India

Focus Sessions 2B
Foregrounding Adaptation in Climate Change Action: Agriculture, Water, Forestry & Disaster Risk Reduction
Venue: Desire Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Engaging the industry in adaptation planning and investments is crucial for multiple reasons. It can mobilize financial resources, adaptation technologies and services; leverage the efforts of governments and engage civil society and local communities. The requirement for businesses to develop adaptation strategies for climate change is likely to increase, particularly in climate-sensitive sectors which also form a source of raw material for industry, for example, agriculture, forestry, and water resources. The session will explore avenues where private sector could step in to develop both demand and supply side measures required in these sectors for adapting to climate change impacts, and steps the government can take - in terms of policies, governance, transparency and infrastructure - to enable enhanced private sector engagement.

As increasing number of natural disasters thrust climate change into center stage, private sector would become a key force to bring about a new paradigm for disaster risk reduction. From prevention to reaction and from reaction to recovery; the private sector has a number of solutions to make communities disaster-resilient to climate threats and future impacts. This session will also highlight innovative collaborations between public- and private-sector organisations to deliver resilience building solutions against climate disasters, and share lessons.

Session Moderator: Ms Marina Walter, Deputy Country Director, UNDP India

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Dr Raman Ramachandran, Chairman & Managing Director (India), BASF
Mr Amit Banati, President - Asia Pacific, Kellogg
Dr Dhrupad Choudhury, Regional Programme Manager of Adaptation to Change, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

16:55 - 18:10 hrs
Plenary Session 3: Innovation in Technology and Business Models for Mitigation
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Given the scale and pace of innovation required for the world to transition into a low-carbon economy, big and small businesses alike, need to construct and adapt business models and technologies, finding a convergence between profitability and sustainability. This session will highlight successful technology and business models and deliberate on technological, R&D, financing, policy innovations; and market incentives needed to enable such models to be scaled up and replicated. It will explore how start-ups and world's largest companies could both drive innovation and tap into new markets.

Session Moderator: Mr Bhupendra Chaubey, Executive Editor, CNN-News 18

Keynote Address: Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon'ble Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India

Followed by Panel Discussion

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Sanjiv Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Oil Corporation Limited
Mr Bharat Salhotra, Managing Director (India), Alstom
Mr Robert Buchinger, Chief Technology Officer, DAS Energy
Mr Marcel Galjee, Director, Akzo Nobel
Mr Vivek Chaturvedi, Regional Director (Solar) - India, Middle East & Africa, DSM

Day 2: Friday, September 1, 2017

10:00 - 11:15 hrs
Plenary Session 4: India's Policy and Business Climate for a Low Emissions Trajectory
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

India has taken several initiatives in an effort to reduce country's carbon intensity and realise its goals to address climate change. Industry, too, has taken leadership to align its business priorities with the overall climate change objectives. India's climate change objectives will generate huge opportunities for global businesses. This session will highlight the approach and response of Indian policymakers and businesses to tackle climate change. It will also underscore potential areas of interventions which can generate major opportunities for collaborations for meeting India's climate objectives.

Session Moderator: Naina Lal Kidwai, Delhi BCS Steering Committee, Chairman, Max Financial & Past President, FICCI

Followed by Panel Discussion

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MOEFCC), Government of India
Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI
Dr Mukund Rajan, Chairman, Tata Global Sustainability Council, Chief Ethics Officer & Head - International Operations, Tata Sons & Chairman, FICCI Environment Committee
Ms Jill Duggan, Director, Prince of Wales' Corporate Leaders Group

11:20 - 12:35 hrs
Focus Session 3A
Energy Efficiency: Creating a Market for Services and Products
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Energy efficient products integrated with "smart" technologies and services are ushering in an energy-saving revolution. Innovative Energy Service Company (ESCO) models are transforming the landscape of energy efficient services market, while, energy productivity initiatives in industries are gradually transforming energy consumption scenario across manufacturing industries. This session will explore the challenges and barriers to scaling up energy efficient technologies and services, as well as examine successful and innovative business models, financing solutions and policy measures that will help scale up the emerging energy efficiency opportunities.

Session Chair: Mr Krishan Dhawan, CEO, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Upendra Bhatt, Managing Director, cKinetics &Chairman, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE)
Mr Manu Maudgal, Programme Advisor, Indo-German Energy Programme

Focus Session 3B
Risk Mitigation for Business Resilience
Venue: Desire Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

As the threat of climate change increases, businesses face the risk of assets becoming stranded due to a variety of factors including policy shifts; technology substitution; pressure from financiers; risk of natural hazards and extreme events; disrupted supply chains; reduced availability of natural resources; damage to infrastructure and utilities; and unpredictable impacts on the workforce and consumers. The session will feature lessons on how leading companies have responded to the risk of stranded assets posed by climate change uncertainties. It will also highlight how asset owners and the investor community are taking tangible actions to manage climate related risks and opportunities by incorporating climate change awareness into their investment processes.

Session Chair: Mr Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP Worldwide

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Phillipe Joubert, Founder and CEO, Earth on Board
Mr A K Dwivedi, Director (Exploration), ONGC
Mr Leonard Chan - Vice Chair, Fiji Business Risk Resilience Council

12:40 - 13:50 hrs
Plenary Session 5:Emerging Scenario for Carbon Markets
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement lays the foundation for voluntary cooperation between countries for climate mitigation by a combination of market mechanisms and non-market approaches. The session will convene speakers from developed and developing nations to share lessons from their respective domestic carbon markets. Deliberations would highlight ways to create an enabling environment for enhanced private sector engagement in carbon markets. Discussions would also focus on how an integrated carbon market might develop in the post-Paris climate regime and the role of carbon markets in achieving emission targets outlined in countries' NDCs.

Session Chair: Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Chairman, FICCI Climate Change Task Force, & Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Joint Secretary (Climate Change), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
Mr Awinash Bawle, Deputy Director, International Affairs, State of California Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development
Mr Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, UNFCCC
Mr Huw Conway Slater, Research & Projects Manager, China Carbon Forum
Ms Rita Roy Choudhury, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI
Mr Pierre Ducret, Special Advisor on Climate Change, Caisse des Dépôts Group

13:50 - 14:30 hrs
14:30- 15:40 hrs
Focus Session 4A
Urban Environment & Cities: Urban Mobility
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Better urban environment unequivocally warrants better planning and modal shift to public transport and new clean energy options for personal mobility. The session will deliberate on a set of policy changes and collaborative approaches on best practices being experimented in other countries that lead to more accessible, multimodal development of commuting and personal mobility, along with usage of high grade fuel efficient technologies and alternative fuels to build a huge momentum.

Session Moderator: Ms Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director - Natural Capital, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Sohanjeet Randhawa, Director-Group Communication, Sustainability & CSR, Hub India, Volvo Group India
Mr Nicholas Beaumont, Co-Founder, Paris Process on Mobility & Climate
Mr Stefan Palskog, President, Scania India
Mr Nicolas Fornage, Country Director - India, French Development Agency (AFD)
Mr Sharat Sharma, Director (Operations), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

Focus Session 4B
The Green Leap: Jobs and Skills in Low Carbon Space
Venue: Desire Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

The education sector needs to take cognizance of evolving market dynamics, including disruptive technologies and dramatic shifts in consumer needs and behaviour. In parallel, the Vocational Training sector needs to keep itself abreast of the green economy and, develop dynamic, industry-relevant, curricula for green jobs and impart requisite skill-sets. This session will throw light on the scope for green jobs and skill-sets in low-carbon areas such as sustainable transportation, clean energy, green construction, waste and water management, etc. Deliberations will focus on ways in which youth could be equipped with the skills needed for green jobs of the future and identify interventions needed to overcome existing barriers to their development. The session will also highlight the "green jobs" potential in India and initiatives implemented by both state and non-state actors in fueling job creation and skill development in pursuit of a low-carbon economy.

Session Chair: Mr Ardeshir Contractor, Managing Director, Kiran Energy, & Co-Chair, FICCI Solar Energy Task Force

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr R C M Reddy, Managing Director, IL&FS Education & Skills
Dr Praveen Saxena, CEO, Skills Council for Green Jobs
Mr Amar Variawa, Director, India & South East Asia, Vestas
Ms Nidhi Batra, Specialist - Flagship Programs, Corporate Strategy & New Initiatives, National Skill Development Corporation

15:45 - 17:00 hrs
Concluding Plenary: Government Holds the Key; Business Brings the Solution
Venue: Sovereign Hall, Hotel Le Méridien

Global leaders are increasingly looking at private sector for resources and innovative solutions to attain the 2-degree target and strengthen adaptation action to climate threats. Government can help create an enabling environment and foster partnerships which help alleviate barriers that would otherwise inhibit private sector action. Businesses have the ground level experience of project management and technology implementation that can form an important basis for future policy making. It is, therefore, fundamental to recognize the role of business, and the enabling mechanisms needed to scale up the role that business can play in mitigation and adaptation. The session will deliberate on concrete, actionable steps that leverage the strengths of both government and businesses within a public-private-partnership framework to help meet the growing need for investments in climate mitigation and adaptation.

Session Moderator: Mr Siddharth Zarabi, Executive Editor, BTVI

Introductory Remarks by Dr Sanjaya Baru, Secretary General, FICCI

Distinguished Panel of Speakers:
Mr Patrick Pouyanne, Chairman & CEO, TOTAL
Mr Sanjiv Mehta, Managing Director &CEO, Hindustan Unilever Limited
Mr Nick Bridge, UK Foreign Secretary's Climate Envoy, Government of UK
Ms Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation
H.E. Mr Tovar da Silva Nunes, Ambassador, Embassy of Brazil in India
Mr Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India

Conclusion and Announcement of Delhi Business and Climate Summit Statement by Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Chair, Delhi BCS Steering Committee, & Past President, FICCI

17:00 hrs onwards
High Tea