Chennai, August 24, 2022: Hon’ble Minister Thiru Siva. V. Meyyanathan, Minister for Environment – Climate Change and Youth Welfare and Sports Development, Government of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the Seminar & Panel Discussion on Transition towards Clean Energy and Digitalization” organized by The Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India on 24th August 2022 at Taj Coromandel, Chennai.

Hon’ble Minister said Tamil Naidu has been one of the early proponents of clean energy and is at the forefront of India’s clean energy transition. To improve the Renewable energy sector, the Government of Tamil Nadu has taken lot of initiatives to enable policy environment and business ecosystem for ease of doing business, such as capital subsidy, interest subvention and low-tension power tariff subsidy.

Mr. Peeyush Kaushik, Vice-President, The Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India in his welcome address complimented the government for their progressive policies. He mentioned that the sooner countries are able to shift onto low-emissions path and strengthen their resilience to climate change’s impacts, the better the prognosis for humanity and the planet. It is a responsibility to find ways to make that happen.

Dr. Renu Shome, Director, The Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India talked about the various activities of the EU Chambers and emphasized on how Chamber is supporting its member companies and role it can play in southern region considering the good eco system and large base of its members.

Mr. T. R. Kesavan, President The Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry thanked the EU Chambers for organising an important topical event and considering them as Institutional Partner. He further mentioned that as a Chamber they are very passionate about sustainability, they met the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and made a presentation on the need for the new airport which should be environmentally sustainable. He highlighted the importance of balance between sustainability and economy.

Dr. Balaraman Kannan, Director General, National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) mentioned that the Energy is going to be the one that will be main stay for all activity indicating that the world is moving towards the energy sector. The focus now is getting shifted from large power plants to micro power plants. Another important thing is true democracy in energy sector and in the next five to ten years every household will become a microgrid.

Mr. Bala Venckat Kutti, Chairman, Indus Finance Ltd. and also a Governing Board Member, EU Chambers thanked the Honorable Minister for gracing the event and all Sponsors and Surana & Surana International Attorneys to be the Knowledge Partner. He talked about the importance of cost/ benefits of keeping the house & environment clean and resulting in improvement in health issues and avoiding hospitalisation etc. He said Clean Energy covers almost everything.

The Panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner, Surana & Surana International Attorneys and was attended by many industry stalwarts pan-India, experts from energy sectors, government officials and Consul Generals of various countries.

The seminar witnessed an enriching panel discussion.

The Seminar was supported by Indus Finance Ltd., SWELECT Energy Systems Ltd., Acciona Energy India Pvt. Ltd., Enerparc Energy Pvt. Ltd. and Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science.