Fireside Chat and Panel with
Aaditya Thackeray and Jamshyd Godrej

Cities are major consumers of energy, but also face challenges from fossil fuel emissions, poor air quality and the impacts of climate change. Importantly, cities provide the necessary economies of scale required to adopt the latest low-carbon solutions on sustainable transport, energy-efficient buildings, waste management, etc. and to benefit from their adoption. Through this session, we hope to highlight this potential, identify challenges and opportunities faced by cities in this endeavor, and discuss how stakeholders in India, especially policy makers, civil society, industry bodies and academia, can begin to engage this potential more effectively.

Fireside Chat

  • Aaditya Thackeray
    Minister for Tourism, Environment and Protocol, Government of Maharashtra
  • Jamshyd Godrej
    Board Chair, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation


  • Dr. Anshu Bharadwaj, CEO, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation


  • Vivek Chandran, Associate Director (Transport), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation


  • Manisha Mahaiskar Patankar, IAS Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Maharashtra
  • Puja Tewary India Coordinator, Climate and Environment Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Ashish Rao Ghorpade Deputy Director, ICLEI South Asia
  • Dr. Rajeev Gowda Former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; and former Professor at IIM (Bangalore)

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