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Climate Group to draw up low carbon charter

Times of India, New Delhi, 1st August, 2010
NEW DELHI: A delegation of senior business leaders from the UK met their Indian counterparts of the UK-India Business Leaders Climate Group during the British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent visit to India.
The Climate Group, launched in February 2010 in London, discussed opportunities to create low carbon economic growth and related jobs. A draft report was discussed for launching a charter of principles and actions for strengthening collaboration recommended. The paper would be presented to the UK and Indian Governments in September.
“By focusing on real actions, the UK-India Business Leaders Climate Group can demonstrate that there are real opportunities in shifting to cleaner forms of production and show the Governments a way forward in designing supportive policies, ” Mark Kenber, Deputy CEO, the Climate Group, said. The Climate Group is excited to be acting as secretariat to such a prestigious group of business leaders and looks forward to working with them to deliver their vision of low carbon growth and development, Kenber added.
The leaders discussed the issues key to unlocking bilateral low carbon growth, including collaboration in areas such as R&D, investment, financing tools, trade, technology transfer and policy design.
Sir Stuart Rose, UK chair of the new group and chairman of Marks & Spencer said: “We've worked very hard over the last few months to put together a draft report. I hope we'll have robust discussions to make sure that we end up with the right final report because, it's absolutely vital that India and the UK work together to create a sustainable low carbon economy."
The Climate Group has commissioned ICF International to carry out a consultation with the business leaders and their companies to stitch up the draft report and charter. The leaders will present the final charter to UK and Indian Governments when they meet during the climate week in New York in September.
Dr Amit Mitra, India Chair of the Group and Secretary-General, FICCI, said: “This initiative will catalyse on the market experiences of both countries and develop new models and mechanisms for climate mitigation through a market driven process and will bring technology and finance as central drivers in this initiative.”
The new acting India Chair of the Business Leaders Group, Rajan Bharti Mittal, President of FICCI said: “This initiative between India and UK will become an important template for other countries to emulate”.
Genevieve Anderson ED of the UK-India Business Leaders Climate Group said: “This influential group of business leaders have put significant time and thought to the challenge of producing actionable recommendations and promoting a drive toward low carbon growth in both countries."