With the aim to make Kolkata a low-carbon city, companies from the United Kingdom specialising in urban design and planning, met West Bengal government and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) officials, for collaboration in the sector.
Officials of 10 UK companies specialising in waste, energy and water management, smart parking, street lighting and renewable energy, visited the city on July 19, 2016 and presented their expertise. The UK government is working with Kolkata on a technical assistance programme of one million pounds, to make the city climate resilient and reduce its economic carbon footprint.
“I am confident that the UK-KMC work will enable Kolkata to embark on a path towards a greener economy. It is an example of what ‘greening the economy’ looks like in practice – creating business opportunities in low-carbon growth, reducing carbon emissions, building skills and capacity and making cities more climate resilient,” British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith said.
A UK-KMC roadmap, which will be implemented in the coming months, was launched earlier this year. “We are ready to support the KMC, to unlock the potential to save carbon emissions, create green jobs and attract investment. I look forward to the roadmap’s implementation and continued partnership between our two countries,” Asquith said.
He said sustainable urbanisation, energy and climate, are all key elements of the UK’s wider bilateral relationship with India. “Cities are the primary engines of growth, innovation, employment and wealth creation. However, they are also huge polluters and consumers of energy. We need to get better and smarter, to reduce our consumption and improve our management of energy and other resources,” he said.