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The State of Gujarat joins The Climate Group

Date
11 January 2013
The State of Gujarat joins The Climate Group

NEW DELHI: The Climate Group today announced that the Government of Gujarat has joined its International States and Regions Alliance, following the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at The Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

The partnership will work towards addressing climate change issues in the State of Gujarat through the preparation of integrated strategies and action plans for energy efficient and climate change resilient development initiatives.

The three-year MOU was signed in the presence of the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi, by Mr Pradeep Singh, Dy Secy, Change Department Secretary and Mark Kenber, CEO, on behalf of The Climate Group.

The Government of Gujarat is the first Indian State to establish a fully-fledged Climate Change Department (CCD), mandated to develop biomass based and other renewable energy sources, work on CDM issues, coastal adaptation, combating desertification, capacity building measures and other issues related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Gujarat has already demonstrated commitment to reducing its carbon emissions; through its Jyotigram Yojana (energy reforms), it was able to reduce the electricity transmission losses (and subsequent GHG production) from 31% to 22% in four years. It is also working on expanding solar power, efficient pumping and LED street lighting.

Mark Kenber, CEO The Climate Group, said: “We are delighted that the Government of Gujarat, a climate change leader in India, has joined the States and Regions Alliance. The Climate Group has been working in India since 2008 and in this time we have seen great strides forward in terms of the understanding of climate change and the country’s appetite to build a low carbon industry.

"Our previous work includes working with government and business leaders to trial low carbon, cost-effective LED lighting in Kolkata and facilitating the UK-India Business Leaders Climate Group. We recognize the potential there is for the Indian economy to help shape the future global economy and play a leading role in the coming Clean Revolution.”

Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Climate Change Department Secretary said: “Honourable Chief Minister Mr Modi said we are very happy to forge a strategic partnership with the international NGO The Climate Group to adapt low carbon development path for the State of Gujarat."

The States and Regions Alliance core group consists of 23 full members of The Climate Group that share examples of low carbon best practice and participate in international working groups. The working groups look at issues including electric vehicle policy, energy efficiency financing, “small caps” green economy, marine energy technology, joint emissions reporting platforms, and all are open to Gujarat.

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, The Climate Group published a report, The Clean Revolution: Leadership from the World’s States and Regions, which you can read online.

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