This will be followed by site visit on Sept 10.
The North East CleanTech Summit on Monday brought together industry corporate leaders, technology providers, R and D scientists, senior government officials from Government of India and North Eastern States, investors and eminent experts from Canada and stake holders to share their experience relating to energy security, sustainable energy environment and eco-friendly tech development.
Delegates from the Northeastern states like Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Assam also attended the summit.
The summit was inaugurated by Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, along with Dennis O Connor, Head of the Canadian Delegation Sector practice Lead-Cleantech, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Ottawa, Canada.
Some of the other dignitaries present were Rosaline Kwan, Deputy Commercial Program Manager, High Commission of Canada in India, Rajendra Prasad Singh, Parliamentary Secretary Industries and Commerce Govt. of Assam and R Chowdhury, General Manager of Oil India Limited (OIL).
Dennis O Connor led the 14 member delegation that included Ballard Power Systems (Fuel cells); LM Technologies Canada Inc (Solar trackers/roof tops, waste to diesel, etc.); AGS Energy (Waste to Energy); Premier Tech Aqua (Water); Clearford (Waste water); Export Development Canada; Trade And Invest British Columbia.
Corner in his address stressed on the need of collaboration of Canadian CleanTech companies with government and stakeholders in the Northeast.
Inaugurating the summit, Mukul Sangma said, "Practically Clean technology for producing clean and green energy is the need of the hour. Government of India has given a special focus clean energy sector and capitalising on it, the state governments across the country have taken initiatives and supported this sector."
"It is very important that we address the issue of climate change while producing energy for our need. Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) efforts to collaborate with best technologies of the world and partnering with Canada today will only be fruitful if the actual business happens and Meghalaya because I can speak for my state only is interested in implementation of the CleanTechnolgies from community level and invited the Canadian experts to see for themselves in Meghalaya," he said.
Sangma said,"In the Northeast for states like Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, wind map could be prepared and tapped to harness wind energy and Meghalaya has begun this project and it is wonderful to meet an expert delegation from Canada here today."
"Only burning fossil fuels and producing energy without addressing the climate issues would lead to environment degradation so it is important identifying ways to adopt clean technologies and produce green energy. We have started with solar projects and could cut production cost in recent times and now my team is looking to partner for small hydro power projects," he said.
The Meghalaya CM stressed on synergising green and clean power projects.
Rajendra Prasad Singh nodded in agreement with Sangma and requested the delegation to meet the Power Department and allied officials present in the summit and said Department of Industries and Commerce GoA welcomes such initiatives under taken by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
--IBNS (Posted on 10-09-2013)