In its quest to explore which reforms, initiatives, innovation and partnerships are needed to promote a veritable sustainable growth in emerging economies, CEEW hosted a session on "Leap-frogging to a clean energy future" as a knowledge partner for the first edition of The Growth Net. Minister Farooq Abdullah gave a dynamic keynote lecture in which he emphasised the compelling need to shift to alternative forms of energy to nurture India's growth. Stating that India could no longer afford importing fossil fuels, he talked about the areas that are being explored and remain to be explored by India in terms of harnessing its potential for green growth.
Other speakers at CEEW's session included Suresh Prabhu, former Union Minister; Phil Marker, Counseller at British High Commission-DFID; Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE); James Abraham, CEO and Managing Director, Sunborne Energy; and Jorge Lopez Morton, Founder and CEO, Total Energy Systems from Mexico.The Growth Net is an international forum the art aims to foster exchange and dialogue on sustainable growth patterns for the new constellation of growth that comprises emerging market economies. The session was attended by dignitaries from approximately 30 different emerging economies.