Green Growth Conference: A step towards Carbon Net Zero
Various steps are being taken to achieve green growth, a safe handle to confront the threat of global warming, and shape a secure economic future, with the ultimate goal of reaching Carbon Net Zero by 2070, as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India told representatives from the Asia-Pacific region at a recent international conference.
Sundeep Kumar Nayak, Director General of, the National Productivity Council (NPC), explained how the Council has been promoting productivity enhancement to move the country towards green growth at the event “Productivity and Green Growth: New Interlocking Paradigms” held in Chennai.
He also elaborated on the importance of prioritizing green finance in decoupling industrial growth from environmental degradation, as well as practical approaches to accomplishing this.
Dr. Indra Pradana Singawinata works for an organization in Tokyo that helps Asian countries become more productive. He said that we need to do more than just protect the environment.
We need to think about how our actions affect people’s lives in different ways, such as their health, culture, and happiness. He also said that everyone should have a say in how we solve environmental problems, especially those who suffer the most from them.
Experts, policymakers, industry leaders, and stakeholders attended the event and discussed strategies for institutional strengthening for green growth, financing mechanisms, leveraging ESG ratings to boost green finance, and achieving net zero emission targets for higher productivity and green growth.
International participants included those from the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Fiji, among others.
The conference also honored two people with the APO National Awards for 2022. GMR Rao, who leads the GMR Group, got the award for Productivity Advocate for his outstanding work in promoting productivity. Professor Pradip Kumar Ray, who teaches at IIT Kharagpur, got the award for Productivity Technical Expert for his practical work in making things more productive, safe, and efficient.
Dr. Hung Suck Park, Distinguished Chair, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ulsan College, Ulsan, ROK; Dr. Kaushik Deb, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, USA; and Nicholas Gandolfo, Director, Sustainable Finance Solutions (AsiaPacific), Sustainalytics, Singapore spoke at the conference.