Just transition process will lead towards future- ready JharkhandWritten By News Root | Published on Updated: Sep 14, 2022, 19:29 IST | 1663163991871
Ranchi: Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) organised a state level conference “Making Just Transition a Reality in Jharkhand” with the key objective to discuss broader contours and models of Just Transition suitable for the state. The conference witnessed participation of leaders from public sector units, industry, corporate companies and academia, who deliberated on the overall frameworks of the just transition with a visionary approach. The conference unanimously agreed that a special task-force on just transition should be formed at the earliest, which should work in a time-bound and result-oriented manner aligned with Net-zero carbon emission targets set by the Government of India.
The chief guest of the conference, L. Khiangte (IAS), Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change (Jharkhand) said, “The State government is seriously contemplating the governance structure of sustainable transition in the form of a special task force. This process will be driven by a green vision that puts sustainability, inclusivity and public interest at the center stage. The state government is committed to pursue a sustainable development path for the benefit of the economy and people.”
@CEED_India organised a #state level #conference “Making Just Transition a Reality for Future Ready Jharkhand” with the key #objective to discuss broader contours and models of #JustTransition suitable for the state. pic.twitter.com/J8HDqfYRMt— CEEDIndia (@CEED_India) September 14, 2022
The Net-zero carbon emission target by 2070 has positioned Jharkhand at the forefront and as a key state of the country it will face various challenges in this path considering the transition towards a greener economic model looks imminent. It places the need of taking formidable steps for decarbonising the existing economic sectors, ensuring growth trajectory and securing sustainable livelihood options for the people.
Addressing the conference, AK Rastogi (IFS), Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) and Ex-Chairman, Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) said, “For moving towards a sustainable transition, bringing onboard all stakeholders is inevitable who can set the common goals and acceptable ideas. Therefore, perspectives from key industries, public sector units, think-tanks and academia can bring the alternative pathways at the cross-sectoral level for creation of a forward-looking economy in the state.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ramapati Kumar, CEO of CEED said that, “For streamlining the just transition process, a special task force is needed, which should ideally work in a convergent and inclusive approach with consulting all stakeholders and identify key prospects and priorities to better realise it. What is important here is to set immediate, short and long-term work-to-do-lists with clear goals as a blue-print for strengthening the making of a future-ready economy in the state.”
Supporting the need of sustainable transition to achieve net-zero goals, PM Prasad, Chairman cum Managing Director, Central Coalfields Ltd said that, “The coal industry is ready and supportive of the transition process and it will follow the frameworks and guidelines suggested by the Governments of India and Jharkhand. At the larger level, this process will help industries, society and the well being of the people.”
The conference unanimously agreed that a special #TaskForce on Just Transition should be formed at the earliest, which should work in a time-bound and result- oriented #manner aligned with #netzero #carbonemission targets set by the #government of #India. pic.twitter.com/JO6Ae9TM1W— CEEDIndia (@CEED_India) September 14, 2022
The conference discussed bringing out a replicable and forward-looking economic model in realisation of energy security and livelihood security with focus on attaining sustainable development goals. The speakers at the conference unanimously agreed that Jharkhand needs to put in place a visionary plan of action that streamlines the social, and economic transition to enable a successful paradigm shift in upcoming years.
The conference witnessed active participation from prominent public sector units (e.g. Central Coalfields Ltd, Damodar Valley Corporation, Central Mine Planning and Design Institute, National Thermal Power Corporation), Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board, leading corporates like Tata Steel, Tata Power, Hindalco, Jindal Steel, Adani Industries, Shree Cements, and noted academic institutions from the state such as Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Central University of Jharkhand, Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi University, and Xavier Institute of Social Service.