Just Energy Transition in Maharashtra: An Opportunity for Green Growth and Green Jobs
International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iFOREST), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra organized a multistakeholder meeting on ‘Just Energy Transition in Maharashtra’ on 2nd February 2024.
The objective of the meeting was to convene a diverse group of stakeholders – state government officials, industry leaders, academic researchers, think tank experts, and influential figures in civil society – to engage in a meaningful dialogue on the opportunities of just energy transition for low-carbon economic growth and green jobs.
The event was inaugurated by Mr. Pravin Darade, Principal Secretary, Department of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra and Mr. Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej and Boyce.
At the event, iFOREST released the first comprehensive assessment report on challenges and opportunities of a just energy transition in the state. The report — Just Energy Transition in Maharashtra: An Opportunity for Green Growth and Green Jobs — covers all major sectors that will be highly or moderately impacted by the green energy transition. Sectors such as coal mining, thermal power, automobile, steel, cement, brick etc. are assessed in detail in the report to support the state government in developing a comprehensive strategy for the transition. The report highlights the opportunities for the green growth and jobs which can be catalysed through the right policy levers and private and public investments.
Some of the eminent people who joined the panel discussions included the Member Secretary, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board; Director, Climate Action Cell, Department of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra; Director (Technical), Western Coalfields Limited; Director, Directorate of Steam Boiler, Mumbai; Chief Engineer, RCD, MAHAGENCO; Head, Sustainability and Environment, Mahindra Group; Pro-Chancellor, Symbiosis Skills and Professional University; Group Coordinator, Prayas Energy Group.