Training on Climate Change in Bangalore
Given the urgent nature of the climate change challenge, LEAD India decided to step up its activities in this arena and to reach a wider audience and create an increasing number of leaders in this domain. A specialised training on “Climate Change: Moving Towards a Low Carbon Economy - The Energy Way” was developed keeping this in mind. The training covering 4 ½ days, was based on LEAD’s method of experiential Learning that combines thematic knowledge with site visits and skill modules with the aim to:
1) Develop fundamental clarity on concepts of climate change and the issues and challenges posed by it - globally and nationally.
2) Enhance participants understanding about their own leadership potential, including their belief systems, skills, behaviour and requisites to bring about positive change.
Ten participants drawn from civil society and government bodies, including representatives of Central and State Pollution Boards, WWF, Aga Khan Rural Support Program among others, attended the workshop held in Bangalore.
The training covered different aspects of how interventions in energy sectors could help India develop on a low carbon pathway. The sectors looked at were Transport, Power Generation and Consumption and Building and Construction. Skill modules on Leadership and Personal Congruence and Systems Thinking were also provided.
The facilitators were well-recognized experts in their fields and had a practical working knowledge of the sectors. They included – Mr. Anand Rao - Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, Ms. G. Latha Krishna Rao – Fellow C 1 Managing Director KPTCL, Sujatha Byravan – Fellow C 4- Centre for Development Finance IFMR, Mr. Hemant Lamba – Auroville, Mr. Sudhir Chella Rajan – IIT Chennai, Mr. N. Sampath Kumar - Tide Technocrats, Ms. Deepshikha Deka – Fellow C1,OIL India Ltd, Mr. Ramanathan - Consultant 100 Waters, Mr. Ashwin Mahesh - Centre for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore, Ms. Chitra Vishwanath - Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd, Mr. Avinash Krishnamurthy - Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd.
In addition, site visits were also arranged to:
1. Konark Power Plant - A biomass based electricity plant.
2. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation
3. WIPRO corporate office
4. Vidyaranyapura - Site where Biome Environmental Solutions has built a number of green buildings.
The workshop culminated with the participants breaking into three groups to present their understanding of the opportunities and threats related with climate change in the three sectors discussed, namely transport, power production and consumption and building and construction. They were asked to do so utilizing the skills of Systems Thinking. The presentations were given at Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd and Ms. G. Latha Krishna Rao the Managing Director, KPTCL and Mr. Ramanathan, an expert on systems thinking, of 100 waters, provided feedback to the participants.
The clarity of the final presentations given by the participants was testimony to the value of the inputs provided during the workshop. After the success of this training, LEAD India is planning to both replicate this training and also carry out other such targeted short term courses.