The most serious threat to human well-being and economic progress in the recent times has been ‘Climate change’ which demands urgent actions in energy-environment as well as socioeconomic domain. Pune International Centre (PIC), a ‘Think Tank’ engaged in public policy issues, has taken up the programme on ‘Energy, Environment and Climate Change’ (EECC) to analyse and understand how to tackle this challenge. The PIC Policy Paper on “Making Pune Metropolitan Region Carbon Neutral by 2030: A Policy Roadmap” was released by Maharashtra State Environment Minister, Shri Aaditya Thackeray on 29th January 2020.
The highlights of the Policy Paper were presented by three Climate Collective Pune (CCP) Members – Dr Nitant Mate, Dr Priyadarshini Karve and Dr Gurudas Nulkar. Dr Nulkar is an Adjunct faculty of Business Strategy and Marketing at SCMHRD, Pune.
Dr Gurudas Nulkar spoke about the role of policies, governance and planning for achieving carbon neutrality. He enumerated on the need for a ‘Climate Action Framework’ for the region in the form of implementing land use and environment laws, reducing energy use and increasing efficiency, shifting to renewable energy, planned green townships and adopting a circular economy and decentralized waste management model, sustainable transport through multiple stakeholder engagement platforms. He expressed urgency for protecting current forests, biodiversity park reservation for all hills and expanding forest cover along watersheds for increasing the regional carbon sink capacity. He also highlighted the importance of action against non-compliant entities and said that we should start with mitigation priorities but also plan for adaptation and resilience.
Dr Nulkar proposed establishment of Green Economic Zones to boost green businesses and green practices. He concluded by highlighting the importance of political will, incentives for climate action and necessity of participatory governance in the form of an ‘Empowered Citizen Committee’.
The process of going Carbon Neutral essentially starts with bending the ever-rising emissions curve downwards and changing the best practices to low-carbon economy without compromising any of the basic goals for human development and progress. The Policy Roadmap paper calls for some logical and quick actions by every citizen, Government officials and political leaderships.
SCMHRD lauds the work and contribution of Dr Gurudas Nulkar in this noble cause and wishes him the very best in his future projects and endeavours.