The event is the launch for Bridge India’s latest report on “UK-India Energy Collaborations”. The launch is timely, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in India in the next week, and the UK hosting the COP-26 meeting in Glasgow in November 2021.
Across the world, governments face a litany of issues to resolve, including the twin challenge of tackling climate change and re-starting the economy following the disruption of COVID-19. The UK’s ambitions on energy transition are world-leading. In 2019, it became the first G7 country to legislate for net-zero emissions, with a more than 40% cut to emissions since 1990, the fastest rate in the G7. This has been followed up with a ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution and a policy white paper. Likewise, India has embarked on the world's largest expansion plan in renewable energy – and is set to be the foremost global contributor to renewable electricity generation in 2021 - when her annual addition will have nearly doubled from the 2020 level.
The report highlights several UK SMEs in energy and cleantech with realised or planned expansion in India; and focuses on the vast potential both countries can work together on, including Faradion. The report has been produced with Howard Kennedy LLP and Mercia Asset Management, both firms invested in energy and cleantech, and with a clear commitment to enhancing UK-India economic ties.
• Justine Leigh-Bell, Deputy CEO, Climate Bonds (moderator)
• Natalie Toms, Counsellor Economic & Prosperity, British High Commission, Delhi
• Jonathan Cohen, Head of Energy, Howard Kennedy LLP
• Gauri Singh, Deputy Director General, IRENA
• James Quinn, CEO, Faradion
• Julian Viggars, CIO, Mercia Asset Management
The report will be available for download on our website during the launch.