The 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum took place on 13th February, 2019 in New Delhi with a focus on Cleaner Air and Greener Economy.
Bilateral relations between India and Germany have long been founded on common principles of democracy and political stability. Since 2001, the countries have established a ‘Strategic Partnership’ that has been further fortified with the Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC). The forum revolved around better bilateral co-operation in the field of environment to strengthen this alliance and drive towards cleaner and greener economies.
CORPLEGAL represented by Thomas Sasse was enthused to be a part of the delegation of the German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Ms. Svenja Schulze. The German Minister has pledged additional financial support for climate projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote renewable energies and sustainable forest management in India. Her Indian counterpart, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, commented, ‘India and Germany have had a rich cooperation engagement for the last 60 years which extends to sectors such as natural resource management, urban environment protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation and innovative green technologies. He further emphasized that the Indo-German bilateral relations are founded on common democratic principles and today, Germany is amongst India’s most important partners both bilaterally and in the global context.’ India’s development trajectory focuses on 5 Ps that is People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. The bilateral cooperation in future should focus on marine litter, SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) implementation, climate change adaptation and Forestry.’ The ministers have agreed to work together on climate protection, sustainable city planning and water and waste management projects more intensively.
- Press Release: BMU, Government of Germany
- Press Release: Ministry of Environment, Government of India
German firms are playing their part on the international energy market by developing technologies and generating growth. Renewable energy sources like solar power, wind and biomass have become the most important sources of electricity in Germany and the energy harnessed is being used more and more efficiently.
With a growing, emerging economy at a consistent average rate of 7% GPD annually on one side and rapid energy demand due to burgeoning population on the other side, India is keen on balancing the both amicably. India is taking measures in lowering carbon emissions and reducing air pollution by scaling renewable energy, however, the pace required for a host of technical and regulatory improvements needs to be accelerated quickly. Cleantech innovation, green investment promotion, efficient environmental policies coupled with corporate sustainability and active civic participation are to be the pillars in achieving climate targets set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
CORPLEGAL is paving the way by removing the bureaucratic hurdles and bringing German firms with cleaner and greener technologies to the Indian market so that Indian companies, organisations and average citizens can avail their benefits. After all, who wouldn’t want to breathe and live in a self-sustaining pollution-free environment?
Functioning governments with effective policies followed by proactive implementation play an undisputed role in managing their respective environments not only for the benefit of their countries, but for the entire planet. CORPLEGAL is in this together.