WSDS 2020 Agenda

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration at The Hub

Inaugural Session
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Welcome address : Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI

Presentation of the Sustainable Development Leadership Award  

Making the Decade Count – Flag off : Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI (The 20 years journey of WSDS)  

Inaugural Address : Mr Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

Vote of Thanks : Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran, Senior Director, TERI

In-Conversation: Towards 2030 Goals: Making the Last Decade Count
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Chair: Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI

Keynote Address: Mr Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, India

Special Address: Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission (ETC)

Tea/Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am at Thematic track venues

Thematic Tracks(Group A)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Mainstreaming Development and Enhancing Climate Resilience: New Opportunities for States in India at Marigold

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Entrepreneurial Solutions for the Challenges of Climate Change at TERI Social Room

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Energy Management Solutions For SMEs at TERI Conference room

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Forest- A Tool for Adaptation And Mitigation of Climate Change at Magnolia

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Tracking India’s NDCs: Methodologies and Tools for tracking progress on mitigation and adaptation policies/actions in India at Silver Oak 2

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Multi-level Actions to Strengthen NCAP at Jacaranda 1

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Managing Intermittency of Demand & Supply at Electricity Distribution-level at Gulmohar

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Educate, Inspire and Empower: Teachers' for a Greener Tomorrow at Tamarind

11:00 am - 1:00 pm De-risking investments in Decentralised Solar Solutions at Juniper

IFAT Delhi Visit
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The first edition of IFAT Delhi will take place alongside the World Sustainable Development Summit 2020 - The Energy and Resources lnstitute's (TERI) flagship event and one of the largest international events dedicated to sustainable development. By launching its second IFAT trade fair in India, Messe Muenchen India aims to establish the event as a strong platform for the environmental community in the country's north. Taking place in New Delhi, the power center of India, IFAT Delhi and WSDS 2020 will bring together policy makers, local government and change makers to discuss key national and topical issues concerning the environment.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch at Margosa Lawns

Thematic Tracks(Group B)
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Implementation of NAMA: Improving Waste Management in India at TERI Social Room

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Pilot Implementation of India’s Forestry NAMA in Assam at Casurina

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Achieving SDG 6 Goals: The Need for Circular Economy Approaches at TERI Conference room

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Finance Mechanisms for Accelerating Industry Decarbonisation at Magnolia

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm SMART policy levers for achieving sustainable cooling at Silver Oak 2

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Transparency and Accountability in Global Climate Governance: Needs, Challenges and Opportunities for India at Silver Oak 1

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm The Green Business Opportunity – EU Excellence in India at Jacaranda 1

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Battery energy storage at distribution downstream - Investment opportunities & way forward at Gulmohar

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Clean Air Project: A SDC Initiative at Tamarind

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Alternativism: Give Paris a Chance at Juniper

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Inclusive And Integrated Mobility Systems for Cities at Marigold

Tea/Coffee Break
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm at Thematic track venues

Keynote Address
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm at Stein Auditorium

Fireside Chat : Status Check On Renewable Energy Financing For C&I Clients In India: The Year that was, Key Challenges, Desired Regulatory Framework & Sectoral Outlook
6:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Moderator: Mr Vivek Subramanian, Co-Founder & CEO, Fourth Partner Energy

  • Mr Manish Chourasia, Managing Director, Tata Cleantech Capital Limited
  • Mr Vijay Nirmal, Program Manager, USICEF
  • Mr Sameer Tirkar, Principal – Asia Pacific, ResponsAbility Investments 
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner at Stein Auditorium

Keynote Address: ‘Geo-politics of the SDGs and India’s Leadership in the World’
9:30 am - 10:15 am Keynote Address: ‘Geo-politics of the SDGs and India’s Leadership in the World’ at Stein Auditorium

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Columbia University

Chair: Ambassador Manjeev Puri, Member, Advisory Board, TERI

Keynote Address: ‘Energy Future Map’
10:15 am - 11:00 am at Stein Auditorium

  • Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Steel, Petroleum & Natural Gas, India

Chair: Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI

Report Launch: Towards a Low Carbon Steel Sector: Overview of the Changing Market, Technology, and Policy Context for Indian Steel

The Business Segment
11:00 am - 11:30 am WSDS 2020 Corporate Conclave: Mobility Talks at Stein Auditorium

Moderator: Mr Raj Chengappa, Group Editorial Director, India Today Group

  • Setting the Context: Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI
  • Keynote Address: Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
WSDS 2020 Corporate Conclave: Mobility Talks
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Need for Clean Mobility: Exploring the Options Available Towards Cleaner Future at Stein Auditorium

Moderator: Mr Raj Chengappa, Group Editorial Director, India Today Group


  • Mr Chinmaya Acharya, Chief of Programmes, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
  • Mr Siddarthan Balasubramanian, Senior Adviser- Strategy, Climate Works Foundation
  • Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Inroads into e-Mobility – Enabling Environment to Encourage EV penetration at Stein Auditorium

Moderator: Mr Raj Chengappa, Group Editorial Director, India Today Group


  • Mr Rajeev Chaba, Managing Director, MG
  • Mr Sohinder Gill, Global CEO, Hero Electric & Official Spokesperson, SMEV
  • Mr Vikram Gulati, Country Head & Sr. Vice President (External Affairs, PR, CSR, & CG), Toyota Kirloskar Motors Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr Vikash Mishra, Head of External Relations, Lithium Urban Technologies 
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm at Margosa Lawns

WSDS 2020 Corporate Conclave: Addressing Climate Change through Waste Management Initiatives
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Mr Sanjay Mitra, Professor of Practice, IIT Delhi


  • Ms Henriette Faergemann, Environment, Climate and Energy Counsellor, European Union Delegation to India
  • Dr. Sadhan Kumar Ghosh, Professor & Former Head Mechanical Engineering Department, Jadavpur University
  • Mr Nitesh Mehta, Co-Founder & Director, Green ChemisTree Foundation
  • Mr Ashwin Shroff, Chairman & Managing Director, Excel Industries Ltd.
Beyond Connections: Sustaining Universal Energy Access in India
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Mr Ajay Shankar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI


  • Mr Ashvin Dayal, Senior Vice President, Power Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Mr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
  • Mr Gavin McGillivray, Head, DFID India
Success at COP 26?
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Ambassador Ajai Malhotra, Distinguished Fellow, TERI


  • Mr Yvo de Boer, Advisor and Consultant on International Environmental Policy and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Ms Brigitte Collet, French Ambassador for Climate
  • Mr Vincenzo de Luca, Ambassador of Italy to India, Embassy of Italy
  • Prof Nicholas Stern, Member - COP26 Advisory Board 


Strengthening National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) for Breathable Air
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Mr Suman Bery, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Keynote Address:

  • Mr C.K. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India


  • Mr Gaurav Gogoi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, India
  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director- General, TERI
  • Mr Jake Schmidt, Managing Director, International Program, NRDC
  • Mr Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson - Dialogue & Development Commission of Delhi, Government of NCT of Delhi
  • Ms Priya Shankar, Director - India Environment Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies

IFAT Delhi Visit
10:00 am - 10:30 am at The Hub

Special Address & Launch: McKinsey Global Institute Report
10:30 am - 11:00 am Climate Risk and Response: Physical Hazards and Socioeconomic Impacts at Stein Auditorium

Mr Rajat Gupta, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Achieving the Common Target: Opportunities & Challenges Universal and Equitable Access to Safe Drinking Water
11:00 am - 12:00 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair:  Mr S.K. Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Keynote Address: Mr Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, India


  • Mr Dan Alluf,  Counsellor, Embassy of Israel - India
  • Mr Cherian Thomas, CEO & National Director, World Vision India
  • Dr. Haraprasad Vaddiparthi, Chair - International Water Association Specialist Group on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Drinking Water Treatment Plant
  • Mr Divyang Waghela, Head Tata Water Mission, Tata Trust
Leadership Coalition on Energy and Industry Transition
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Mr R. R. Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, TERI


  • Dr. Måns Nilsson, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Mr Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell – India
  • Mr Suvojoy Sengupta, Partner & Lead - Renewables within Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice – India, McKinsey & Company
  • Mr Gurdeep Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC
  • Mr David Turk, Acting Deputy Executive Director, IEA

Report Launch - Floating Solar Photovoltaic (FSPV): A Third Pillar to Solar PV Sector?

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Margosa Lawns

Plenary: Transformative Actions to Revive Green Climate Finance
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Mr Dipak Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Keynote Address: Mr Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India


  • Dr. Surendra Babu, Deputy General Manager, Farm Sector Policy Department, NABARD
  • Mr Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India
  • Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher, Director, Climate Policy Lab and Co-Director CIERP, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Dr. Adonai Herrera-Martínez, Director, Environmental Funds, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Mr John Roome, Senior Director - Climate Change, World Bank
Plenary: Blue Economy for Agenda 2030 - Aligning Economic Development for Sustainability of Oceans
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Ambassador Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow Emeritus

Keynote Address: Mr Ratan P. Watal, Member-Secretary - Economic Advisory Council to The Prime Minister, NITI Aayog


  • Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, India
  • HE Mr Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Ambassador of Norway to India
  • HE Mr Patrick Médecin, Ambassador of Monaco to India and Japan
Plenary : Fast-tracking the 2030 Agenda
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Keynote Address: ‘Policies and Priorities for India: Making the Decade Count’ at Stein Auditorium

Chair : Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI

Keynote Address: ‘Policies and Priorities for India: Making the Decade Count’

  • Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, Niti Aayog


  • Mr Atul Bagai, Head of Country Office (India), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Ms Shoko Noda, India Resident Representative, UNDP
EU Youth Climate Conclave: Presentation of Awards
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm at Stein Auditorium

Valedictory Session: Future of Sustainability
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI

Keynote Addresses

‘Getting to the Green Frontier’

  • Mr Jayant Sinha, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, India

 ‘Sustainability, Sustainable Growth and the Drive to a Low-carbon Economy’

  • Prof Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory & Chair - Grantham Research Institute, LSE

Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director- General, TERI