On World MSME Day, the one-day Parivartan Summit drew more than 200 participants from MSMEs, start-ups, cleantech innovators, policy makers, investors, and OEMs from all over India.
The summit, which was held at the India Habitat Center and was organized by the Centre for Global Affairs & Public Policy (CGAPP), Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), and CGAPP, included discussions on three themes: the circular economy, decarbonization, and technological innovations.
At the summit, experts from all over the world exchanged opinions and experiences.
The importance of sustainable development in India and the role of MSMEs in this process were emphasized by Freddy Svane, the Danish ambassador to India.
He said, “Global sustainable development is not possible without India. MSMEs are the backbone of the Indian industry. We cannot leave anyone behind in the green transition journey”.
Akshay Rout, a former director general of the Swachh Bharat Mission, spoke during the session on promoting circularity in waste management and emphasized the importance of the community in waste management as well as the demand for transformational behavior change similar to the Swachh Bharat Mission.
On this occasion, two directories were also released by the CGAPP and the ISC.
These included a clean tech directory that compiled a sector-by-sector list of startups mapped against challenges related to sustainability and transition and a circular economy directory that contained a list of solution providers addressing various aspects of circularity.
During the summit, a special carbon-dating event was organized where Chief Sustainability Officers met promising start-ups that matched their sustainability goals.
The start-ups had the chance to present their products, emphasizing their positive effects on the environment and their scalability for big businesses.
Decarbonization, circularity, technological innovations, market-based mechanisms, clean technology and food systems, accelerating e-mobility, decarbonizing MSME supply chains, utilizing solid waste and wastewater, and connecting investors to cleantech start-ups were just a few of the topics covered during the summit.
TIFAC, Redseer Strategy Consultants, KPMG, Mahindra & Mahindra, FluxGen, India Accelerator, FarMart, Social Alpha, Samvedanam, and Sustainability Mafia were among the organizations that led the sessions.
Various nations and international organizations participated in the summit. Participating in the discussion on clean technology and food systems was Vishal Dev, Director of WWF.
Based on his experiences in various Asian countries, Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, shared his perspectives in the roundtable on sustainable supply chains.
As a panelist on “Innovation through Clean Tech,” I Kadek Dian Sutrisna, Chief Economist at Persero, Indonesia, exchanged ideas with policymakers and start-ups in India.
Calvin Chan, a representative of the International Telecommunications Union’s Bangkok office, participated in a number of sessions and discussed e-waste issues in India and other nations with attendees.