Nordics in India collaborates with local institutes to encourage green transition in India

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Mumbai: To promote the Nordic research based innovations and solutions to encourage green transition in India, NordicsInIndia is organizing two theme-based workshops under sustainable, circular, and bio-based economy.

The workshops will be conducted on May 26 in Pune and May 27 in Bangalore in cooperation with the Nordic Centre in India

Pune University and Bangalore Bio-innovation Centre are the local partners that will take part in the workshops.

The other stakeholders include government authorities, leading companies, and key research and technical institutes with an ambition to establish relationships and joint innovation and research projects.

“The NordicsinIndia are committed towards joining hands with leading states in India to explore research and innovative collaboration opportunities in the areas of circular and bio economies” said the official statement.

Talking about the workshops, Dr. Maan Singh Sidhu, Coordinator of the project NordicsInIndia stated that the workshops will also cater to the strong need to setup research collaborations among leading research agencies and universities from Nordic countries and India to develop next-generation circular economy solutions and added value for the society that can be tested in local conditions.

Recently , Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the second India-Nordic Summit at Copenhagen in Denmark and met with the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Discussions were also held on multilateral cooperation in post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, sustainable development, innovation, digitalization and green and clean growth.

Anna Lekvall, Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai, said, “It is encouraging to witness the deepening collaboration of the Nordics with India on circular economy and bioeconomy.

“Innovation and sustainability are central pillars in the India Sweden partnership. I am happy to highlight the recently launched Indo-Swedish Joint call for proposals on Circular Economy with a total budget of MSEK 69 co-financed by the Indian side” she said.

Arne Jan Flølo, Consul General of Norway, Mumbai, noted that “We are facing global climate and environment challenges and we need collaboration to address them.

“I am glad to support Norwegian and Indian partnerships in several areas on the road towards becoming carbon-neutral societies. One key area is renewable energy and green electric value chains” he said.

Dr. Jakob Williams Oerberg, Counsellor Innovation, Research and Higher Education, Royal Danish Embassy, New Delhi said “We are faced with the double global crisis of climate change and an unsustainable global food system. The partnership between India and the Nordics will be central to the global solutions needed. Our scientists and technology providers will work with India’s world class scientists and the most advanced Indian companies to create solutions that will be of global consequence.

“The Nordic countries form a natural cluster for collaborating in green transition for India. We share the same vision of sustainable and carbon-neutral industry, and we have all gained remarkable achievements in this domain in recent years. We are frontrunners not only in many bio-based technological solutions but also in climate policies and national roadmaps” said Dr. Mika Tirronen, Counsellor of Education and Science, Embassy of Finland, New Delhi.

“Finland was the first country to publish a roadmap to circular economy in 2016, and the first World Circular Economy Forum was held in Helsinki in June 2017. Finland is one of the initiators of global climate action, and we aim to be carbon neutral by 2035. I think Nordic countries and India are like natural partners in this domain” he said.

Earlier this year, NordicsinIndia, in cooperation with the Nordic Centre in India, held a High- Level Science and Innovation Dialogue meeting on Sustainable, Circular, and Bio-based Economy to provide a platform for peer-to-peer discussions in innovation, technology, policy for experts from the government, academia, and industry from India and Nordic countries.

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