4th India - Japan Energy Forum: Business Opportunities in Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Special Event of DSDS 2012
TERI in association with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), Japan organised a conference titled '4th India Japan Energy Forum - Business opportunities in Energy Efficiency and Renewables' on 31 January 2012. The conference focused on technological options for enhancing energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy technologies.
The Forum provided an excellent opportunity for Indian and Japanese industries to dialogue, debate, and share their experiences. The conference envisaged capitalisation of cross-learnings, thus ensuring mutual benefits and promotion of bilateral relations between the two nations.
The Forum saw high-level officials from government and industries from both India and Japan. Those present included Dr R K Pachauri; Mr Hideo Hato, President, NEDO; Mr Hiroshi Asahi, Director-General for Energy and Environmental Policy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan; Mr B K Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India; Mr Hiroshi Asahi, Director General for Energy and Environmental Policy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MET), Japan; Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO and MD, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporations; Mr Gireesh B Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India; Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India; and Mr Satoshi Miura, Director, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI, Japan among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr R K Pachauri said, "Japan and India have a strategic partnership, and thus should work towards energy efficiency. The demand for energy is growing in both the countries; hence, we need major initiatives for energy efficiency and work towards making energy accessible. One of the ways to tackle this problem is to improve energy efficiency especially in the transport and infrastructure sectors."
The one-day event deliberated upon various aspects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy with a focus on solar energy. The forum provided a platform for Indian and Japanese stakeholders to discuss various technological and policy related issues in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The speakers at the Forum included representatives from METI, NEDO, BEE, MNRE, TERI, and many other experts and industry leaders.