In the September’s update, there was discussion of the positive response coming from investors, about India’s continued bullish approach to solar development. All states bids were oversubscribed and states were in the positive position of going through second round bids to further filter choices.
This ambition has continued and gone international. In early December 2015 at COP 21 in Paris and in the presence of nearly 200 country representatives, India launched the International Solar Alliance – ISA. The Alliance, which has 120 signatories, of nation states as well as private partners, is a symbol of India’s shifting public persona in the sustainability arena from reluctant participant to leader, with an aim to engage with international markets.
Despite the country’s success in solar, the need for effective city planning and infrastructure also made its presence strongly felt in December. While India was receiving international attention for its leadership role in solar, the fourth largest city in India, and capital of Southern state Tamil Nadu made headlines as extreme rainfall inundated the city. Review and analysis revealed that in addition to heavy rains, faulty urban planning swept the city underwater and killed hundreds. The capital city of Delhi had pollution levels that were considered ‘severe’ by WHO standards and increasing the number of premature deaths, due to air pollution. India’s IT city Bangalore meanwhile is facing crippling power cuts of between 3-7 hours a day.
India’s SmartCities Mission of new urban renewal, extension and improvement will be a critical component of India’s ability to capitalise on its continued economic growth and sustainable development. India’s smartcity will have, ‘assured water supply, assured electricity supply, waste management, and a sustainable environment’. Stage I of the SmartCities timeline is complete, and citywide draft plan for 100 cities are underway.
In June 2015, Sweden and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Sustainable Urban Development. Waste management, public transport and digitalization have been identified as areas of engagement.
In order for Sweden and Swedish companies to be able to capitalize on potential opportunities available in India, there is a need for a strong understanding of the project landscape in India and the supporting actors available for engagement and investment in Sweden.
SIBC – Sigta will be launching the Sweden India Green Day on September 22, 2016. This daylong event will have four key areas of focus; value chain for export, regional hubs, India’s Smart Cities mission, and case studies and experience sharing. It will bring together policy makers, private sector partners, investors, and public servants.
What is SIGTA;
The Sweden-India Greentech Alliance, SIBC’s greentech initiative, launched in 2014, provides a focused face towards India. It brings together members to share business experience, as well providing key insights into the Indian market landscape through focused networking events. For its next phase of activity, SIGTA will focus on India’s overarching targets under the SMARTCITIES Mission.
– Sigta strives to be a one-stop point of contact and information hub between India and Sweden by coordinating information and knowledge from all sectors; Government, private sector, and research and design
– Sigta aims to arrange meetings and seminars that provide opportunities for members to get new information, and exchange experiences
– Sigta can be of assistance in identification of clusters, organisations etc. enabling further business development in India
– Sigta continuously providing up-to-date information on cleantech related matters, e.g. support and incentive actions undertaken