Punjab witnessed its first “Green Summit” which saw both public policy makers and industry leaders come together on the same platform to discuss, share ideas and focus on innovation for a better future by guaranteeing clean air.
The initiative called “green summit – Punjab Edition”, was organized by APAC News Network, a community building, knowledge advisory and media organization focused on raising awareness of the importance of sustainable technology and innovation for governance, energy, health, education and other startup sectors. With its core belief in creating a clean, green and pollution-free environment for all, the green summit the initiative is supported by THINK Gas.
The guest of honor at the event was Shri Came PrasadIAS, Additional Chief Secretary to the Honorable Chief Minister and Additional Chief Secretary, Department of New and Renewable Energy Sources, Government of Punjab, and Guest of Honor Shri Tejver SinghIAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Energy, Government of Punjab and Ms Caroline RowettBritish Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh.
Other notable dignitaries who attended and spoke were Teacher. (Dr) Adarsh Pal VigChairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board; Shri Basanta Raj KumarIFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Department of Forestry, Government of Punjab; Shri MP Singh, DirectorPunjab Energy Development Agency, Shri Guharminder SinghCo-Director, Environment and Climate Change, Government of Punjab, Shri Hardip Singh RaiCEO, THINK Gas and Shri Sandeep TrehanPresident – Marketing and Business Development, THINK Gas.
Opening the session, Shri Tejver Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Energy, Govt. from Punjab Underline, “We need to switch from fossil fuels to green energy which can be cheaper. Sustainability is at the heart of what we try to achieve.
Teacher. (Dr) Adarsh Pal Vig, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Councilunderline, “The environment no longer needs to be discussed now, and the time for implementing solutions has come.”
Shri Basanta Raj Kumar, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Department of Forests, Government of Punjabmentioned, “Our coastal towns are in danger, but no action has been taken. The pace is so slow that we are moving towards fossil fuels.
Shri Came Prasad, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary to the Honorable Chief Minister and Additional Chief Secretary Department of New and Renewable Sources of Energy, Government of Punjab addressed, “A multidisciplinary approach is needed for electric vehicles, replacing coal-based fuels with green fuels, and increasing forest cover at the same time. Water collection should be kept in mind when building houses.”
Ms. Caroline Rowett, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarhsaid, “We are in the midst of stubble burning season with deteriorating air quality in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. There has, however, been some progress in the commitments made at COP27 to green trade and the transition to net zero. Green trade and investment create the jobs of tomorrow that make the economy more sustainable.
Speaking on “Challenges of Energy Transition in Punjab”, Hardip Singh Rai, CEO, THINK Gas spoke about the collaborative approach to ensuring a greener and more sustainable planet. He said, “We need to make sure we focus on results, not processes. Policy makers and industry must align and not conflict to achieve the common goal towards a sustainable future. Addressing the impact of energy transition in Punjab, Hardip said, “If Punjab wants to see global companies settling in the state, they must enable the availability of clean natural gas to help these companies achieve their global ESG goals.”
Mr. Sandeep Trehan, President – Marketing and Business Developmentsaid, “THINK Gas brings a unique proposition to the market of incentivizing customers in a specific geographic area to move away from high-polluting vehicles and into clean fuels by converting their vehicles, households, commercial establishments and contributing to a cleaner future and greener.
Reiterating its goal to provide clean fuel to customers by promoting its natural gas ecosystem through sustainable innovation in Punjab, THINK Gas has invested approximately INR 1000 crores in building an ecosystem, spanning 1200 kms of pipelines and the establishment of a solid network of 36 CNG stations in its markets, reaching households and connecting industrial and commercial customers in the region.
About THINK Gas
Founded in 2018, THINK Gas holds licenses to operate city gas distribution networks in 13 districts in India, in the states of Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar – covering a total area of 47,000 km2 and a population of over 17 million. THINK Gas applies the best global standards in safety, operations, technology and customer relationship management in City Gas Distribution. We aspire to provide clean fuel to the people, for the benefit of the nation.
THINK Gas has won CGD industry recognitions and awards for its work in the industry. In 2021, we won the Growing Company of the Year Award from FIPI, in the City Gas Distribution Business, the Sustainability in Procurement Award and the Procurement Leader Award in the Start Up category, in the India Procurement Leadership Awards 2021. We have also won the International Safety Award recognized by the British Safety Council. Recently, we were recognized for our outstanding achievements in sustainability management by the Grow Care India Sustainability Awards 2021.
About the APAC News Network
APAC News Network is the fastest growing community building and knowledge sharing network in India. APAC has campaigned on sustainability and green future across the country in the form of knowledge sharing platforms for the energy, water and health sectors by bringing together policy makers, industry leaders and experts to discuss various aspects of sustainability for a better future. We have covered states like Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Maharashtra, Ladakh, Uttar Pradesh.