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Union Minister of State for Employment of UK, Priti Patel and others at the launch of road map of low-carbon and climate-resilient Kolkata strategy document at KMC in Kolkata

Roadmap on Low-Carbon & Climate-Resilient Kolkata to create over one million green jobs….reports Asian Lite News

Union Minister of State for Employment of UK, Priti Patel and others at the launch of road map of low-carbon and climate-resilient Kolkata strategy document at KMC in Kolkata
Union Minister of State for Employment of UK, Priti Patel and others at the launch of road map of low-carbon and climate-resilient Kolkata strategy document at KMC in Kolkata

The ‘Roadmap on Low-Carbon & Climate Resilient Kolkata’ launched at the Bengal Business Summit 2016 is expected to create more than one million green jobs over the next decade, said British Employment Minister Priti Patel.

A roadmap for Kolkata’s low-carbon and climate resilient future growth, a collaborative project between the British government and the city civic body aiming to create a range of municipal services and a built environment attractive to businesses looking to invest, was unveiled in Kolkata.

Patel and Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee launched the “Roadmap on Low-Carbon & Climate-Resilient Kolkata” Strategy Document, developed using Rs.10 crore of technical assistance from the British government.

“Britain is already leading the way in work to cut emissions and help less developed countries cut theirs,” the British minister said.  “For example, over the last five years through our £3.87 billion International Climate Fund the UK has supported millions of the world’s poorest to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.  And in September, the Prime Minister announced an increase of at least 50% in the UK’s climate finance, to £5.8 billion over the next 5 years.

“And I believe today is a huge step forward for the future of Kolkata.  The low-carbon and climate resilient Roadmap shows how this great city is thinking ahead, supporting sustainable economic growth, and playing its part in the international effort.”

Priti Patel, UK Minister for Employment and Prime Minister David Cameron’s Indian Diaspora Champion, with British and Indian business leaders at the Bengal Business Summit 2016 in Kolkata
Priti Patel, UK Minister for Employment and Prime Minister David Cameron’s Indian Diaspora Champion, with British and Indian business leaders at the Bengal Business Summit 2016 in Kolkata

Once implemented, the Roadmap will not only lower the city’s carbon emissions, but will also grow West Bengal’s green economy, attracting large-scale investment in solar, solid waste management, energy efficient municipal services, as well as creating over a million new green jobs over the next 10 years.

All this will help Kolkata become a beacon of climate friendly city planning, and encourage businesses looking to make sustainable, long-term economic investments in India to look at the city first. Priti Patel congratulated the Mayor, his team

The roadmap includes initiatives like a climate smart city mobility plan, a rooftop solar policy, a master plan for energy efficient street lighting, a climate-induced disaster management plan, and a green city business and investment plan.

The British government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have been collaborating for two years to prepare the strategy paper which aims to create a Climate Smart Kolkata. The roadmap contains recommendations across 20 sectors including disaster management, health, low-carbon procurement, resource conservation and policy to encourage use of solar energy.

Patel said she was delighted to see the successful conclusion of the Britain-KMC collaboration which has made “Kolkata one of the first cities in India with an integrated strategy to lower emissions, improve resilience to the impacts of climate change, and reap the economic benefits that come from low-carbon growth”.

All this will help Kolkata become an exemplar in climate-friendly municipal services, and encourage businesses looking to make sustainable, long-term economic investments in India, she said.

Congratulating Chatterjee, his team and their British partners for this initiative, Patel said she will look forward to sharing Kolkata’s success story with other cities across the world.

In this context, the minister said she was particularly impressed to see how the programme is helping to establish a dedicated Climate Change Cell at the KMC with a website and mobile app for citizens and businesses, informing them about climate friendly measures.

The memorandum of understanding to agree to develop this roadmap was signed during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Kolkata visit in November 2013.

 

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