Swedish Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change on a Mumbai Visit on 25th April 2017.

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 by 40 % by 2022.  Ms. Eva Svedling, Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change in Sweden will be visiting Mumbai on 25th April 2017, to thus aid discussion and exchange of best practices between India and Sweden in climate change policy and environment solutions.

The Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai has facilitated various meetings and also organized field visits during her day-long visit to Mumbai. Ms. Svedling will be meeting Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Devendra Fadnavis and Hon'ble Minister for Energy, New & Renewable Energy, Mr. Chandrashekar Bawankule to exchange ideas and discuss potential collaboration with Maharashtra on climate change, environment solutions and smart cities.

Sweden aims to be Worlds first Fossil Fuel free country. Sweden has set a goal to have zero emissions by the year 2045 and it has called for all countries - including the United States to step up and work towards zero greenhouse gas emission in the world. The meetings with the officials in Mumbai will throw light on Sweden's new climate law and zero emissions goal, How Sweden plans to become the first fossil fuel country in the world and discussion of separation of waste and how it can benefit in the long run for the country.

On 25th April 2017 in the morning, Ms. Eva Svedling will visit the dumping grounds at Govandi, where she will interact with workers & volunteers of Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS) who are engaged in creating awareness among local housing society residents about segregation of waste at source and producing manure from this process. This will help in pushing India towards implementing stringent environment protection laws and ensure India is on the right track towards using renewable energy.

Around noon Ms. Svedling will also visit the biogas plant installed at the Welingkar Institute of Management which is installed in a PPP model by a Swedish company Cleantech- FOV biogas. The unit uses the wet waste generated in the cafeteria to produce clean energy that can cater to a part of its energy requirement.

Deputy Minister Svedling will also take a quick ride on the Volvo hybrid city bus which is operating in Navi-Mumbai and is environment friendly and has given fuel savings of up to 40% in real operating conditions. Volvo Buses India Pvt Ltd, the local arm of the Swedish bus and truck maker delivered the first hybrid bus during Make in India Mumbai Week, February 2016. The bus has been certified by the Automotive Research Association of India. The company will be delivering the first batch of five buses to Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport Corporation in a couple of weeks of 2017. These hybrid buses run on diesel as well as an electric motor and battery. These buses consume up to 35 per cent less diesel and produce significantly lower emission dangerous gases in our atmosphere.

Business | News published on 24/04/2017 by Rashmi Nargundkar

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