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The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), one of India's and South Asia's leading think tanks, is pleased to invite you to its events at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21). Details of these events, CEEW research that will support these discussions, and our other speaking engagements at COP21 can be found below.

City Resilience: Real World Measures that Save Lives and Reduce Carbon
Tuesday, 8th Dec. 15:00-16:30, Le Bourget Climate Generations Space, Room 9, Green Zone
This session will focus on real world measures that save lives and reduce carbon, discussing examples of urban resilience solutions from India, Europe and the United States. (In partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Public Health Foundation of India and CDKN.)

  • Ms Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, NRDC
  • Ms D. Thara, Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
  • Ms Frances Beinecke, Yale McCluskey Fellow, Former NRDC President
  • Mr Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive Officer, CDKN
  • Ms Anjali Jaiswal, India Program Director, NRDC
  • Ms Kim Knowlton, Science Center Director, NRDC
  • Mr Ken Alex, Planning and Research Director, State of California
  • Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, CEEW
  • Dr Federica Perera, Professor, Columbia University; NRDC Trustee
  • Ms Shelly Poticha, Urban Solutions Program Director, NRDC
  • Mr Bhaskar Deol, India Representative, NRDC
Climate Risk and Adaptation
Wednesday, 9th Dec. 14:00-15:00, Le Bourget, India Pavilion, Blue Zone

This session will focus on global climate change risk assessment, comparing the risks India faces with other countries, the composite adaptation efforts already underway in India across sectors, and the adaptation funding needs and technology gaps.

  • Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Dr Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Research Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Mr Richie Ahuja, Regional Director, Asia, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Dr Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, Strategy Head, Vulnerability and Adaptation, World Resources Institute
  • Ms Harshita Bisht, Deputy Manager, Climate Change Research, Development Alternatives
Technology Aspects of Climate Change
Friday, 11th Dec. 15:00-17:00, Le Bourget, India Pavilion, Blue Zone

This session will focus on climate technologies and innovative proposals for effective technology partnerships, which can both further India’s climate change agenda, as well as display India's climate leadership. (In partnership with the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council.)

  • Prof Prabhat Ranjan, Executive Director, TIFAC
  • Dr Nisha Mendiratta, Scientist F, Department of Science and Technology
  • Dr Ajit Kolar, Professor, IIT Madras
  • Dr Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Research Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Dr Yves Lapierre, Director General, French National Institute of Industrial Property
  • Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
We look forward to your participation in these sessions! Please note, for events taking place inside the blue zone participants must be in possession of UNFCCC accreditation. The event in the green zone is open to the public and does not require UNFCCC accreditation.

Other Speaking Engagements at COP21

In addition to the CEEW sessions, Dr Arunabha Ghosh (CEO) and Dr Vaibhav Chaturvedi (Research Fellow) at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water will also be speaking at the following sessions:

Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources
Monday, 7th Dec. 11:00 – 13:00, Le Bourget, India Pavilion, Blue Zone

Session organised by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India

Delivering Climate Action through Trade: The Environmental Goods Agreement & Beyond
Monday, 7th Dec. 14:30 – 17:00, Le Bourget, IETA Pavilion, Blue Zone

Session organised by International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, National Foreign Trade Council

Fossil fuel subsidies: The Barrier to Stronger Climate Action

Thursday, 10th Dec. 15:00-17:00, Le Bourget, EU Pavilion, Blue Zone
Session organised by Climate Action Network – Europe

Showcasing India’s Climate Actions

Friday, 11th Dec. 11:00-12:30, Le Bourget, Observer Room No. 2, Blue Zone
Session organised by Confederation of Indian Industry, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Vasudha Foundation
Please contact Kanika Chawla ( kanika.chawla@ceew.in ) for any additional details

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Climate Adaptation & Risk

Dr Hem Dholakia's latest study, with IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Gandhinagar finds thatIndia's climate adaptation gap amounts to over USD 1 trillion from now until 2030. Read key findings of this pioneering study here

Experts from CEEW, Harvard University, Tsinghua University and Cambridge University released an independent multi-country assessment of the risks of climate change in July 2015.

Read Dr Arunabha Ghosh & Sir David King's 'Climate risks - the worst cases matter', and Dr Vaibhav Chaturvedi's 'The costs of climate change impacts for India'.
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Climate Technology Partnerships

There is an urgent need for effective global partnerships to harness technology, innovation and finance. CEEW's two recent papers analyse 30 technology partnerships of the past, the barriers to and conditions of success, and how we could design two new and effective partnerships: on energy access and decentralised energy; and on energy storage and grid balancing. 

Read Dr Arunabha Ghosh's Inflexion Points column 'Effective climate tech partnerships'.

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Smart Cities, Public Health & Air Pollution

In June 2015, Prime Minister Modi launched the Smart City Mission, with the objective of harnessing technology and data to improve infrastructure and services in cities.

Mohit Sharma and Dr Arunabha Ghosh's essay, 'Imagining Smart Cities in India', focusing on the need to combine technology with institutions and citizen partnerships to build cities that smartly manage their consumption without overburdening the environment.

At a time when both Beijing and Delhi are facing severe air pollution, read Dr Arunabha Ghosh and Dr Hem Dholakia's column 'Competitive pollutionism no good'. Also read, Dr Hem Dholakia's '
Predicted increases in heat related mortality under climate change in urban India'.
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Scaling Up Renewable Energy in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an International Solar Alliance of over 120 countries with French President François Hollande at COP21. "India has emerged as the natural leader for the alliance, with its targets to install 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022," said Arunabha Ghosh in his press statement. CEEW's recent work on renewable energy (RE) includes:
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