The India CCG Network Inception Workshop 2024 – Chennai
On 31 January and 1 February the incredible team at the Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management (CCCDM) at Anna University co-hosted an event with the Climate Compatible Growth programme at the Hyatt Regency – Chennai to launch the beginning of the India CCG Network and partnership between CCG and Anna University. Around 40 people from industry, state government and academia were in attendance to initiate activities within the India CCG Network – Chennai.
At the event, we highlighted the need not only for ‘climate compatible growth’ but also ‘compatible partnerships’ – and how the India CCG Network will be ensuring that we are putting in place the right partnerships that will help us tackle some of the biggest challenges that India is currently facing.
The three key thematic areas of the workshop were: Sustainable Energy Transition; Climate Resilient Cities, and Circular Economy. Where project proposals on these three themes were presented on Day two of the workshop.
We look forward to the evolution of this partnership!
Left to Right: Dr Prof Kurian Joseph, Dr Lara Allen and Ms Tabinda Bashir (FCDO – Chennai)
L to R: Dr Lara Allen, Prof Dr Kurian Joseph (CCCDM, Anna University), Prof Dr K P Jaya
We received a Welcome Address from Prof Dr Kurian Joseph (CCCDM, Anna University), followed by an Introductory Address from Dr Lara Allen and Dr Elizabeth Tennyson (CCG and Centre for Global Equality, University of Cambridge). We then had a Presidential Address from Prof Dr K P Jaya (Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Anna University, Chennai). Prof R Baskaran (Director, Centre for International Affairs) provided the Inaugural Address and the Opening address came from Ms Tabinda Bashir (Advisor, Climate Change and Energy FCDO, British High Commission).
L to R: Dr Divya Subash Kumar (CCCDM, Anna University), Prof Dr Kurian Joseph (CCCDM, Anna University), Ms Tabinda Bashir (FCDO Chennai), Prof Dr K P Jaya (Anna University), Prof R Baskaran (Anna University), Dr Elizabeth Tennyson (CCG, University of Cambridge, Centre for Global Equality), Dr Lara Allen (CCG, University of Cambridge, Centre for Global Equality)
Dr Elizabeth Tennyson presenting a memento to Prof R Baskaran at the opening ceremony
The CCG team provided an overview of the programme, including its diverse research portfolio which includes thematic areas such as ‘system design’, ‘electrification of transport’, ‘policy pathways for climate compatible growth’ and ‘materials and resource efficiency’.
The signing of the collaboration agreement between the Centre for Global Equality (Dr Lara Allen) under the Climate Compatible Growth programme and Anna University (Prof Dr R Velraj). L to R: Dr Divya Subash Kumar, Prof Dr Kurian Joseph, Dr Elizabeth Tennyson, Dr Lara Allen, Prof Dr R Velraj, Mr Oliver Ballhatchet, MBE, and Prof Dr A Ramachandran.
The Closing Ceremony consisted of the Presidential Address from Prof Dr R Velraj, The Vice-Chancellor (Anna University) and the Valedictory Address from Mr Oliver Ballhatchet MBE, (British Deputy High Commissioner Chennai). These were followed by a Special Address from Prof Dr A Ramachandran, Emeritus Professor, (CCCDM, Anna University), a Welcome Address from Prof Dr Kurian Joseph (CCCDM, Anna University). The ceremony concluded with a Summary of Proceedings from Dr Elizabeth Tennyson (CCG, Centre for Global Equality, University of Cambridge) and a Vote of thanks from Dr Lara Allen and Dr Divya Subash Kumar.