Swedish Deputy Minister on Climate, Eva Svedling, visited Mumbai to further build up the warm relations with India and strengthen collaboration between the two countries. Svedling met with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Minister for Environment Ramdas Kadam. The main aim of her visit was to discuss climate policy and potential collaboration with Maharashtra on climate change and sustainable environmental solutions.
Sweden is introducing a new climate law promising zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and a 70 % cut to emissions in the domestic transport sector by 2030, effective 1 January 2018. With a strong commitment to the Paris Agreement (COP 21), Sweden is already one of the most climate change-conscious and sustainable countries in the world. India, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has committed itself to an increased clean energy share of 40 % by 2022 and thus this visit is not only timely - but also necessary.
The Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai facilitated various meetings and organised field visits including a visit to Deonar, where the Deputy Minister met with female workers and volunteers of Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS), a nongovernmental organization engaged in creating awareness among local housing society residents about segregation of waste at source and producing manure from this process. This procedure of decentralised processing of waste saves a lot of energy, which is otherwise utilised in transporting waste to central dumping yards.
Further to this, Svedling also visited the biogas plant at Welingkar Institute of Management, which is installed by a Swedish company Cleantech - FOV biogas. The unit uses wet waste generated in the cafeteria to produce clean energy, which cater to a part of its energy requirement.
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