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As part of the study tour, Indian officials will engage with high-level EU-officials, country representatives, local governments, public authorities, European companies and research centres working in the realm of climate change mitigation and adaptation across the European Union and its member states. The study tour creates value for Indian government officials and helps to outline the requirements for successful implementation of NDCs in India. Further, the visit shall provide the opportunity to Indian officials to share the experience of their efforts towards promoting climate change adaptations measures carried out in India and foster exchange of ideas.
The first part of the study tour is being held in Brussels, Belgium, and will involve representatives from the Directorate General Climate Action (DG CLIMA) and other services of the European Commission. DG CLIMA shall provide first-hand insights regarding the EU 2020 climate agenda, approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation, covering (inter alia) market-based instruments such as the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) or incentive structure to promote clean energy supply. Furthermore, representatives from the Belgian government and the City of Brussels shall provide inputs on the country’s national climate actions and will city-level measures through the Brussels Climate plan. In addition to these meetings, Indian officials shall engage with private sector representatives, e.g. in the realm of state-of-the-art technologies in Green Cooling and innovative air conditioning and low-GWP refrigerants.
The second part of the study tour will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The delegation, when in Copenhagen, will touch base with officials from the European Environment Agency (EEA) and exchange experiences on policies dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation. Particular attention will be directed towards target setting, monitoring and evaluation within the current European climate change and energy framework while also highlighting lessons learnt and potential pitfalls within the Indian context. Moreover, meetings between the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark (MoEFD) and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA) shall be facilitated. These institutions shall provide in-depth insights into national climate change policies. As part of the EU LIFE programme, the Danish government has been awarded a grant for implementation of Climate Action project called Coast to Coast. The project follows and integrated approach to flood risk management and seeks to enhance resources and capabilities of citizens, municipalities, utilities and companies in the water industry. Based on experiences gained throughout implementation of this project, Danish officials will share first-hand insights regarding the effectiveness of climate change funding mechanisms.
Complementing the above mentioned activities, the delegation will meet representatives from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) at the UN City in Copenhagen. Sessions offered during these meetings shall cover UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy and Energy Programme as well as technology transfer within the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN). The study tour will end with a guided tour through the Green UN City, followed by a session on energy efficiency in climate change by the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency as part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).