Wednesday, 2 December 2015

High powered FICCI Delegation visit to COP 21, Paris

High powered FICCI Delegation visit to COP 21, ParisNew Delhi, 1 December 2015: A high powered FICCI delegation visited the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Paris. On the opening day of the climate summit various Head of States arrived in Paris with high expectations and armed with promises to act on climate change.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) of over 120 countries situated between the two tropics with the French President, Fran├žois Hollande at COP 21 Paris.  The Indian initiative aims to accelerate the development and deployment of affordable solar technology across the globe with pooled policy knowledge.  Prime Minister Modi in his speech mentioned that “Solar technology is rapidly evolving with lowest costs and improved grid connectivity’’.

In India the Government has made an ambitious target to install 100 GW of solar power by 2022. PM Modi highlighted that ‘‘with such an initiative the dream of universal access to clean and affordable energy will come true and this will be the foundation of the new economy of the new century’’.

Minister of Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, read the declaration of the international solar alliance.   Leading global industry representatives from all sectors of the economy attended the event. FICCI delegation to COP-21 is led by Dr Jyotsna Suri, President, FICCI and Chairperson, The Lalit hospitality Group; and also included on day 1 FICCI President Elect and Chairman Ambuja Neotia Group, Mr Harshavardhan Neotia; and FICCI Past Presidents, Mr Rajan Bharti Mittal (Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises Ltd.) and Mr Y K Modi (Chairman & CEO, Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd.).  

According to Dr. Jyotsna Suri, FICCI President ''the international solar alliance is a unique initiative that could prove instrumental in helping India realise the ambitious 100 GW solar target in next 6 years and provide energy access to over 75 million unelectrified households under the “24x7 Power for All initiative''.   

Mr. Harshvardhan Neotia, President elect FICCI mentioned that ''the alliance could pave the way for all countries to exchange knowledge on innovative solar applications, technologies and skills enhancement''. Mr Rajan Bharti Mittal highlighted that ''this strategic initiative can go a long way in helping countries realise their climate ambitions''. Read More...


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