Time (IST)

Sessions

10.00 – 10.10

Welcome Address Topic: Vision 2030: Plan of Action for Nations: Sustainability Driven Agenda
Discussion on efforts made by governments (primarily the executive branch) to integrate the SDGs into public policies. The SDG Index and Dashboards focus on internationally standardized outcome statistics. Due to data gaps and time lags in international reporting, national policies and commitments must also be considered in gauging a country’s efforts to achieve the SDGs. 

  • Decarbonization roadmap
  • Assessment of governments’ efforts to achieve the SDGs
  • Institutional leadership and policy environment
  • SDG coordination units and mechanisms
  • Internationally comparable policy trackers and measures
  • Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator in India

10.10 – 10.40

Ministerial Address: Building Back Better for All: Anchoring the 2030 Agenda in national development plans and strategies

  • Smt. Smriti Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Women and Child Development & Minister of Minority Affairs, Government of India
  • Shri Bhupendra Yadav,Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
  • Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

10.40 – 11.00

Opening Dialogue: TRANSFORMATION as the key agenda for championing NEXT PHASE of business SUSTAINABILITY!

Companies use huge amounts of our planet’s resources, and they in turn have huge impacts. It’s critical that sustainability be at the core of their sourcing, production, and distribution to make sure the world we live in continues to be habitable for all, not just a few. Changing the way, we do business is essential to addressing the challenges of environmental degradation, climate change, decarbonization, waste management and more. The next phase of business sustainability calls for a transformation of the market, not treating the environment as a limitless source of materials and sink for waste, seeing economic value as the only measure of nature’s worth, encouraging unbridled consumption, and considering perpetual economic growth as even possible.

Key Discussion points

  • Using sustainable materials in the manufacturing process
  • Optimizing supply chains to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Relying on renewable energy sources to power facilities
  • Motivating factors to adopting a sustainable mindset
  • Preetha Reddy, Vice chairperson, Apollo Hospitals
  • Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Chairman & MD, Kirloskar Systems
  • Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce*

11.00 – 11:15

Guest of Honor Address: Enrich 2030- Path towards Sustainable Economic Development
The Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive framework for the world to work together to create a better future to 2030. Businesses can make a huge impact towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the good news is that this isn't just good for humanity, it's good for business.

  • Balancing the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social, and environmental
  • Securing our welfare services and the competitiveness of the business sector to achieve the sustainable development Goals
  • Leave no one behind’ (LNOB) as an overarching principle of the 2030 Agenda
  • Trade and Investment Strategy to create jobs and sustainable growth
  • Suman Bery, Vice Chairperson, NITI Aayog

11.15 – 11.30

Networking Tea Break

11.30 – 11.45

Fire side chat: Top 10 technology trends towards sustainability for the New Decade
New technologies and digital breakthroughs can help us build better businesses and societies. In an increasingly connected world, technology has the potential to revolutionize and reinvent how we do business. Sustainable technology is no longer a tick-box or checklist exercise. It is a critical investment area where organizations can realize genuine returns and opportunities for competitive advantage. The technology leader will focus largely on the sustainable development tools and plans for making his brand greener and more inclusive.

  • Sandip Patel, Managing Director, India & South Asia, IBM

11.45 – 11.55

Special Address: Carbon Free Energy to Decarbonize Energy and Industry
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals No 7 and No 13 (respectively ‘affordable and clean energy’ and ‘climate action’) are interrelated and offer economic advantage to India and other developing countries aspiring to energy independence. ‘Made-in-India’ energy storage infrastructure along with cost effectiveness and abundant solar, wind and hydro resources can be harnessed to generate carbon free energy that is both reliable and dispatchable. India is uniquely positioned to achieve leadership in adopting carbon free, not carbon neutral electricity, strengthening its status as a destination for global business operations. New defining technologies such as India specific hydrogen and zero C molecules production is potentially cost effective and a driver for decarbonization worldwide. Energy transition and industrial decarbonization can be equitable and generate jobs if our actions are focused and calibrated.

  • Anil Kumar Chalamalasetty, Chief Executive and Managing Director, Greenko

11.55 - 12.25

 Inaugural CEO’S Panel: What does business owe the world? – Decarbonization Agenda 2030
“The message from COP26 rang loud and clear for global corporations: align your business strategy to sustainability
targets and reap monetary rewards”.

In an era of cut-throat enterprise competition, businesses across the world are strategizing cost- effective, eco-friendly, sustainable, and inclusive business solutions. Corporate decision makers have a key role to play in facilitating this transition. The panel will focus on those global brands that have been enabling extra miles for the cause of environment. The discussion will focus on highlighting upon connecting sustainable development with enduring commercial success.

Discussion Points

  • Nature based solutions to increase business profits
  • Role of business in the 2030 development agenda
  • Six keys to unlock breakthrough value
  • Sustainable, and inclusive business solutions
  • How is your company accelerating the transition to a low carbon, sustainable and equitable future? How have things changed in the last 2 years?
  • How can companies move beyond compliance driven metrics to truly bring about transformative changes?
  • Vidya Basarkod, Managing Director - India and Ramboll Engineering Centre Director
  • Rahoul Sawani, President - South Asia, Corteva Agriscience
  • Speaker, Lenovo

12:25 – 13:00

Launch of The ET and Futurescape Climate Leadership Report

  • Introduction to the ET and Futurescape 9th Sustainability Index Report
  • Official Launch of the Report
  • Felicitation of the top-ranking leaders followed by 10 minutes address
  • Namrata Rana, Director, Strategy and Brand, Futurescape, India Ambassador of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

13.00 – 14.00

Networking and Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.20

In conversation: Embedding circularity into business strategy and operations

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk Report, 2022 has revealed unsettling truths about climate change and its rapid pace of degradation. One thing is clear – What we do in the next few years leading to 2030 will define the quality-of-life future generations will receive. To support the cause, the Indian government is seeking active participation from the corporate community to reduce emissions significantly using the circular economic concept.
  Key discussion points

  • 3Ps- Pro Planet People approach
  • Waste-to-wealth roadmap to a circular economy
  • Integration of scientific innovations to solve global challenges
  • Climate change perspective on the current economic drivers
  • Kishore Jayaraman OBE, President - India & South Asia, Rolls-Royce

14.20 – 14.35

Fire Side Chat: Sustainable Finance: Building Collaborations and Partnerships
Investing is sustainable from an economic, social, environmental and governance perspective, it can provide not only capital but also drive job creation, alleviate poverty, encourage technology transfer, and upgrade industries. The need is to develop a coherent vision for international investment, under which different investment reform processes and initiatives can be aligned and mutually supportive. It can increase peace and stability and advance climate and environmental goals, addressing some of the greatest challenges the world faces today. The fire side chat between two leaders will focus on:

  • How to address sustainable investment backlash and improve ESG reporting
  • Why scaling investment is crucial for sustainable development
  • Collaborations and partnerships for building sustainable finance
  • M. Hari Menon, Director, India Country Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Nawal Saini, Managing Director, Brookfield’s Renewable Power Group

14.35 – 14.55

Expert Vision:  Smart Nations - Sustain, Innovate, Accelerate

  • Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director, Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA)
  • Videh Jaipuriar, CEO, Delhi International Airport Limited
  • Vikas Kumar, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

14.55 – 15.15

Let’s hear it from Celebrities/Activists calling for Net Zero and ESG Actions

Today’s world calls for sustainable influencers for people and planet, emblazoning them for co-existence, while building an ecosystem of harmony and inter-dependence. Society’s prominent sustainability influencers joins together in this session to decode ideal sustainability goals, initiatives, innovation, and strategies and way forward.

15.15 – 15.30

In Conversation: Inclusive green growth: green mobility and Infrastructure

15.30 – 16.00

SDG Moment: Messages for action: Energy Transition of the Nations
SDGs are a blueprint for fighting poverty and hunger, water and waste management, innovation, confronting the climate crisis, achieving gender equality and much more, within the next eight years. At a time of great uncertainty, the SDGs show the way forward to a strong recovery, resilience, and a better future for all on a safe and healthy planet. Keeping that in mind, the session SDG Moment will try to understand from the experts:

  • Upcoming response and recovery efforts which are equitable and inclusive
  • Accelerate the transition to sustainable development
  • Partnerships, decisive action, and international solidarity
  • Resilience of economies against climate change
  • Transformative change at scale

16.00 – 16.15

Networking Tea Break

16.15 – 16.45

Leaders’ Panel: A blueprint for scaling voluntary carbon markets
The Task Force on Voluntary Carbon Market Expansion has created a blueprint for creating a large and transparent carbon trading market. By 2050, the Net Zero initiative has renewed the interest in the voluntary carbon market as a tool to support a flexible path to decarbonization. Blueprints identify some barriers to growth, such as the historical lack of climate awareness and the fragmentation of existing voluntary markets and standards.

Key discussion points

    • Core Carbon Principles
    • Improve the integrity of voluntary carbon markets
    • Growth forecast of voluntary carbon markets by 2050
    • The global carbon markets
  • CP Gurnani, Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer, Tech Mahindra Limited*
  • H K Agarwal, Managing Director, Grasim Industries*
  • Gaurav Malhotra, Managing Director India, Hansgrohe Group
  • Arun Misra, CEO and Whole Time Director, Hindustan Zinc
  • Srivatsan Iyer, Chief Executive Officer, Hero Future Energies

16.45 – 17.00

Global Opinion: Preservation of Planet: Our Responsibility!

17.00 – 17.15

Keynote Address: 2030 Agenda: Vision for an environmentally sustainable future

  • H.E Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment*

17.20 – 17.50

 Country leaders dialogue: Reconciling opportunities and challenges of climate resilient development
The SDGs are not being achieved. Success is held back by severe financing constraints facing the developing countries: constraints that have been gravely aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. The key to achieving the SDGs, besides preserving peace, and lowering geopolitical tensions, is having a plan to finance them. This was emphasized by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his briefing to the General Assembly on major priorities for 2022: “we must go into emergency mode to reform global finance” (UN, 2022).

  • Commitment to a global response to accelerate progress on the implementation of the SDGs and to support a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient recovery across the world
  • Zero-carbon energy and circular economy to decarbonize and slash pollution
  • Rethinking debt sustainability 
  • Removing the barriers to increased capital market flows
  • H.E Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador, Embassy of Finland
  • His Excellency, Klas Molin, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden
  • His Excellency, Ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund

Exclusive Sessions, 28th September 2022, Wednesday

11:00 – 11:45 AM

Role of Government in achieving 2030 SDG Goals; Government emphasizing Circular Carbon Economy and Action towards Climate Change and others. Government setting up standards of optimum livelihood and way forward
While Global leaders paved the way for ambitious sustainable development goals to be achieved by 2030, the focus however is to magnify the impacts brought in by government, keeping in mind of the opportunities and strength, threats, and weaknesses of individual sectors, enabling to transform into a progressive, sustainable economy. The session will witness top bureaucrats from government of India to brainstorm and formulate of ideal practices, policy- implementation and transformation and way forward for enhancing ecosystem.

  • Indevar Pandey, Secretary, Women and Child Development, Government of India
  • Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India

12.15 – 13.00 PM

Carbon Circular Economy and Carbon Credits: State Governments pledging to impact with campaigns, mass awareness and way forward
Focusing the spotlight on State initiatives impacting the larger blueprint of Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the session will have state-level policymakers who are championing the cause of Carbon Circular Economy and Carbon Credits and way Forward. The session will focus on best and next practices, enlarging on the scopes and way forward. The session will be state-level policymakers forum to elaborate on best and next practices for Carbon Circular Economy, Carbon Credits and Way Forward)

  • Manu Srivastava, Principal Secretary, Department of New and Renewable Energy, Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary, Environment and Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra
  • Ashish Tiwari, Secretary, Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of Uttar Pradesh
  • Dinesh Waghmare, Principal Secretary, Department of Energy, Government of Maharashtra
  • Dr. V Venu, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Kerela

14:00 – 14:45 PM

Goals 2030: National Missions spear-heading the cause of Climate Control | Environment Restoration| Sustainable Habitat| Replenishing Energy Resources for a better future

  • Dr. Ashok Kumar Verma, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India
  • G Asok Kumar, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India

15.30 – 16.30 PM

Focussed Session: Carbon Free not Carbon Neutral

Start Up Pavilion, 28th September 2022, Wednesday

Theme: Building a green business: Stories from sustainability startups

With climate change becoming an enormous threat in today’s world, the need for businesses that make environmentally friendly products and services significantly increased. Startups are working on making the world a better place and tending to provide high-quality products from eco-friendly materials. The session will be covering stories of individual startups who continue to challenge the status quo and shift paradigms through their breakthrough ideas and perseverance in sustainability agendas.
Key discussion points

  • Accelerating sustainability in India with eco-friendly products
  • Impact on the environment and strive towards more conscious consumption
  • Sustainable innovations to turn ideas into solution
  • Identifying opportunities for sustainable interventions

NGO’s Zone, 28th September 2022, Wednesday

Theme: Reimaging sustainability advocacy: What next for environmental protection?
Environmental protection is our responsibility – no other life form has degraded nature as much as we humans have done. We need to pledge to lead sustained efforts to bring back plants and animals from the brink of extinction, regenerating natural water sources, carrying out mass afforestation and several other day-to-day changes. These include growing trees, more green cities, better waste management and keeping our lakes and rivers clean. The session will highlight on new technologies, innovations and tools used by the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in facilitating the sustainable and inclusive development.
Key discussion points

  • Accelerating sustainability advocacy in India with technology
  • Understanding of systems thinking and sustainability leadership.
  • Identifying opportunities for increasing youth engagement in sustainable initiatives
  • Forging stronger partnerships to increase outreach of sustainable initiatives