National Workshop

Unlocking finance to support
climate and clean air solutions in India.

 8-9 August 2024
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

Background

Polluted air is creating a health emergency. It also takes a heavy toll on the economy – with air pollution in South Asia costing 10.3 per cent of GDP, respectively, in 2019.

Cost-effective solutions to address air pollution exist and have the potential to address the major sources of air pollution. While contribution of each source may vary depending on location, fossil fuel emissions from coal burning for power and heat, transport, industrial furnaces, brick kilns, agriculture, domestic solid fuel heating, and the unregulated burning of waste are considered the main sources of air pollution.

Despite these multiple benefits, clean air interventions and other air quality management elements have not been financed to their full potential. Based on UNEP’s analysis, a lack of resources has led to a limited uptake of measures to reduce emissions of pollutants across key economic sectors; an inability to invest in data analysis; and a lack of enforcement and implementation capacity. Climate finance is one large untapped source of funding that can deliver cleaner air and a healthier environment. Unfortunately, only 2 per cent of international public climate finance intentionally tackles air pollution, which is the share of funding that contributes to achieving the Paris Agreement.

Promising action and innovative technology and industry solutions are on the rise to address this health and environmental risk. Engagement of the industry and private sector will be critical for innovation and transformative action. This will help shift public and private investments towards less polluting practices in high impact sectors, such as energy, industry, agriculture, transport, waste, and residential sectors. The National Productivity Council (NPC) has undertaken stakeholder consultations with industry representatives from six sectors (chlor alkaki, cement, pulp & paper, iron & steel, textile, and fertilizer) and has collected potential project ideas focusing on mitigation of air pollutant and GHG emissions.

Objective

The purpose of this workshop is to

To facilitate identifying sector specific innovation and customized solutions

To support the development of bankable projects

To understand funding schemes

To foster collaboration


Meet the Speakers

S. Gopalakrishnan
IAS, Director General, National Productivity Council

Shri Gopalakrishnan is a 1991 Batch Otlicer from the Indian Administrative Services (lAS) from Tamil Nadu Cadre. He has worked at state and central government in areas such as transport, HR, commerce, census, food, lT. etc.

Dr. Mushtaq Memon
Regional Coordinator, UNEP Asia Pacific Office

Dr. Memon is working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a Regional Coordinator for Resource Efficiency in Asia Pacific Office located in Dubai/Bangkok.

Mr. Yu Kamei
Director, Environmental  Management Bureau.

Mr. Yu KAMEI has worked on climate change measures, waste management, fishery resources conservation, water pollution control, etc., in the Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.

Shailesh Vickram Singh
Founder and Director, Massive Earth Foundation

Shailesh Vickram Singh is a venture capitalist / entrepreneur and is founder of Gomassive. Gomassive is sponsor of Climate Angels Fund which invest in easily stage startups solving climate change in India and USA.

Agenda

8 august, 2024
Day 1
Time Session Details
09:00-09:30
Registration
09:30-09:40
Welcome Address & Opening Remarks

S. Gopalakrishnan, IAS, Director General, National Productivity Council (NPC)

09:40-09:50
Inaugural Address/Remarks

Head, UNEP, India Office

Mr. Yu Kamei, Director, Office for International Cooperation, Environmental Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ)

09:50-10:05
Address by Chief Guest

Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change/Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board

10:05-10:35

Tea Break

10:35-11:00
Introduction: Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership and developing bankable projects for air pollution reduction

Dr. Mushtaq Memon, Regional Subprogramme Coordinator – Chemicals and Pollution Action, UNEP Asia Pacific Office

11:00-11:30
Co-benefits approach: Air pollution and climate change

Representative from the Govt. of Japan

12:00-12:30
Fireside chat: Air pollution and its sources

Representative from IIT Delhi

12:30-13:00
Donor landscape for addressing air pollution

Mr. Shailesh Vickram Singh, Founder and Director, Massive Earth Foundation

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30
Panel Discussion: Understanding potential project ideas on climate and clean air mitigation measures in various industrial sectors

Moderator: Dr. Shukla Pal, Director, Environment & Climate Action Group, NPC

Panelists:

  • 1. Representative from Alkali Association of India (AAI)
  • 2. Representative from Sponge iron manufacturing association of India (SIMA)
  • 3. Representative from Cement Manufacturing Association (CMA)
  • 4. Representative from Fertilizer Association of India (FAI)
  • 5. Representative from Chemical Industry
  • 6. Representative from Foundry sector
  • 7. Representative from SAIL
  • 8. Representative from any other industry
15:30-16:00

Tea Break

16:00-17:00
LowCarbon.Earth: Clean Air Innovation through Green Startups
Panel Discussion: What will it take to solve air pollution?

Moderator: Mr. Shailesh Vickram Singh, Founder and Director, Massive Earth Foundation

Panelists(TBC)

  • 1. Founder 1
  • 2. Founder 2
  • 3. CXO
  • 4. Founder 3
  • 5. Founder 4
9 august, 2024
Day 2
Time Session Details
09:00-09:30
Registration
09:30-11:00
Session: Case studies on solutions to address emissions from open burning of agricultural crop residues
11:00-11:30

Tea break

11:30-13:00
Session: Introduction of Japanese technology for clean air and climate co-benefits
13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30
Continuation: Session: Introduction of Japanese technology for clean air and climate co-benefits
15:30-16:15
LowCarbon.Earth: Clean Air Innovation through Green Startups
Panel Discussion 2: Investment opportunities in the domain of air pollution and GHG emission mitigation solutions

Moderator: Mr. Shailesh Vickram Singh, Founder and Director, Massive Earth Foundation

Panelists:(TBC)

  • 1. Founder 1
  • 2. Founder 2
  • 3. Founder 3
  • 4. Founder 4
  • 5. Founder 5
  • 6. Founder 6
  • 7. Founder 7
  • 8. Founder 8
  • 9. Founder 9
  • 10. Founder 10
16:15-16:30

Tea Break

16:30-17:00
Panel Discussion 3: Strengthening engagement of corporate in air pollution and GHG emission mitigation

Moderator: Mr. Shailesh Vickram Singh, Founder and Director, Massive Earth Foundation

Panelists:(TBC)

  • 1. Founder 1
  • 2. Founder 2
  • 3. Founder 3
  • 4. Founder 4
  • 5. Founder 5
  • 6. Founder 6
  • 7. Founder 7
  • 8. Founder 8
  • 9. Founder 9
  • 10. Founder 10
17:00-17:45
Showcase: Featuring selected startups working to address air pollution

Moderator: Mr. Shailesh Vickram Singh, Founder and Director, Massive Earth Foundation

Panelists:(TBC)

  • 1. Founder 1
  • 2. Founder 2
  • 3. Founder 3
  • 4. Founder 4
  • 5. Founder 5
  • 6. Founder 6
  • 7. Founder 7
  • 8. Founder 8
  • 9. Founder 9
  • 10. Founder 10