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21-22 September, 2022
Building a Sustainable Tomorrow
Transforming Risks into Opportunities

Life on earth has crossed number of tipping points due to planetary emergencies.

Environmental risks are perceived to be critical long-term threats to the planet, with “climate action failure”, “extreme weather”, & “biodiversity loss” ranked as the three most severe risks as per the WEF Global Risk Report 2022. Without major interventions, these risks will soon reach a critical stage.

Since there is no Planet B, it is high time to act. Addressing the global challenges involves a critical step of achieving sustainability in an integrated an coordinated manner at the global, national, regional, & local levels.

The solutions for these risks need to be adapted to the local context and priorities, thereby bridging the gap between local actions and global impacts.

The 17th Sustainability Summit will bring to fore global ideas and thought leadership that will inspire action at the local level to drive sustainability transition. The Summit will build discussions on innovative approaches for businesses, governments, and institutions to address risks and opportunities in an integrated way that will build the foundation for a sustainable tomorrow.

The theme design of 17th Sustainability Summit depicts the interconnectivity of global challenges and how they need to be addressed- transforming risks into opportunities, on a local/regional level, creating a global impact. The brown triangles at the bottom of the globe progressively turn into yellow, light green, teal and blue showing the transformation at various levels.

Tracks & Sub Themes

Climate Change

Financing Climate Action

Scaling up Renewable Energy

Strengthening Just Transition in Decarbonizing Strategies

Reversing Nature Loss

Fuels for Future

Sustainable Cities

Urban Mobility

Clean Air

Save Water. Save Life

Trailblazers in Sustainability

Women Champions in Sustainability

Startup Champions

Corporate Champions

Value Chain

Integrating Sustainability in Value Chains

Global Risks & Interconnections

Human Rights


Future of Corporate Disclosures

ESG Ratings

Investors' Perspective


Circular Economy

India Plastics Pact

Technology & Innovation

Enabling Technology Towards Building a Sustainable Tomorrow

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Sustainability Summit Agenda

Time(IST) Session Track

There is an intrinsic link between the issues associated with climate, ecosystems, and society. Changes in one may lead to severe consequences in another. The impacts of climate catastrophes reverberate around the globe through natural and socio-economic systems. Loss of biodiversity, growing pollution, and the pandemic are intertwined with rising inequality affecting the most vulnerable. As the systems are connected, the potential for crises to spread grows ever greater.

Unprecedented global risks have given rise to a constantly changing world. There is more evidence than ever that unplanned and uncontrolled development has risked the Earth systems with irreversible consequences. In order to convert these risks into opportunities, it is important to understand the interconnections with natural, socio-economic, and human systems. Local and regional involvement is equally significant to stimulate effective bottoms-up transformation. Global and local stakeholders representing government and businesses should recognize the interdependent nature of global challenges.

The session will address global sustainability risks, the interconnections and how to convert them into opportunities. It will highlight how integrated local and regional actions can propel change for a better tomorrow.

Dr. Ashok Khosla *

Chairman and Founder
Development Alternatives

Ms Anita Chester *

Head- Materials
Laudes Foundation

Prof Purnamita Dasgupta *

Chair, Environmental Economics and Head
Environmental and Resource Economics Unit
Institute of Economic Growth

Women, who are the pillars of society, are committed to advancing the ideas of sustainability. Across sectors, women’s expertise has transformed lives and livelihoods, and increased resilience and overall well-being of the environment. Women leaders play a powerful and indispensable role in driving progress in achieving a sustainable tomorrow. Their voices are vital in the fight against global challenges and in driving bold actions on behalf of the people and planet.

The session will focus on accomplished women champions who are fighting for a healthy planet and trying to change the world for the better. It will highlight their journey on being the torchbearers of sustainability in the most inspiring way.

India has become the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world after the US and China as per the Economic Survey 2021-22. New age startups have focused on innovative and economically viable solutions to accelerate environmental and social impact. Climate change catastrophes, water crisis, health concerns, and pollution, over the last decade have attracted the attention of entrepreneurs. Evolving technologies and policies globally, as well as private investments have created a healthy ecosystem for start-ups to experiment and develop solutions suited for India.

India is making conscious efforts to change lifestyles, support communities and conserve resources. The role of startups is vital in taking leaps towards sustainable development. The session will focus on environmental and social startups who are changemakers in creating a sustainable world.

Air Pollution and its impacts on the environment and human health are threatening the integrity and security of economies and the quality of life, more so for low-middle income countries. Globally 99% of the population breaths dirty air, causing 4.2 million deaths every year due to ambient air pollution. The anthropogenic emissions responsible for ambient air pollution are intricately dependent on the current production and consumption trends.

Product stewardship has therefore huge potential to address ambient air pollution as this approach extends beyond manufacturing processes and products, to include the supply chain and multiple product life cycles/stages. Companies can also gain a competitive edge by applying product stewardship for environmental friendlier products operations and services.

Besides, Industry 4.0 sets forth the requirements for reducing emissions and becoming more sustainable where data management, the Internet of Things and extended product service systems are tightly linked with traditional manufacturing and logistic processes. Investors and society are looking for socially responsible businesses and Business models. ESG based investment are maturing and form a significant part of investors’ portfolio.

The session will discuss how such strategies and frameworks can support the cleaner air and whether there is need of a separate framework to drive business agenda for product stewardship and clean air.

Time(IST) Session Track

Plastic production has soared from two million metric tons in 1950 to 348 million metric tons in 2017, becoming a global industry valued at USD 523 billion. Plastic is used for numerous applications and across many sectors, ranging from packaging to construction. By 2040, production is expected to double yet again. Nearly 40% of plastics are used in packaging, making it the largest application of plastics. Consequently, plastic packaging is the largest contributor to plastic pollution. A significant proportion of plastic packaging is mismanaged which leads to serious consequences such as: overflowing landfills, adverse effect on marine life, urban flooding, wastage of resources, and contribution to air pollution and climate change. No single solution for can address mismanaged plastic packaging waste; however, collaboration between different stakeholders across the plastic packaging value chain can bring about change. The India Plastics Pact provides this platform for collaboration for businesses, governments and citizen to transform the plastics packaging value chain from linear to circular. 


The focus of this session will be to showcase activities of the Pact in its first year. The India Plastics Pact, the first Plastics Pact in Asia, has joined a global network of 13 Plastics Pacts. The session will focus on the

  • India Plastics Pact Roadmap 
  • baseline data received from the India Plastics Pact members
  • interventions by India Plastics Pact members to achieve the targets of the Pact

Speakers at the session would include representatives from government, and IPP members, supporters and partners.

The major cause of air pollution in urban areas is vehicular emissions which lead to a wide range of issues such as global warming, environmental degradation, and health implications. The Indian transport sector is responsible for 13.5 per cent of India’s energy-related CO2 emissions, with road transport accounting for 90 per cent of the sector’s total final energy consumption followed by rail and domestic aviation (both at 4 per cent) (IEA, 2020). Vehicles are one of the major sources of air pollution in India accounting for approximately 15 to 20 % of PM10 emissions. Therefore, there is an urgent need to shift to clean, efficient and environment friendly transportation systems to achieve improved air quality, also leading to job creation as well as  economic development. The Government is also taking initiatives towards green transportation through formulation of several policies and regulations such as leapfrogging to BS VI, FAME II, PLI Scheme for Automobiles and Auto components, National Mission on Transformative Mobility and battery storage and Vehicle Scrappage policy.  A crucial aspect for India will be to effectively implement ambitious policies and schemes at all levels of government, drawing lessons from existing transport policies from around the world.


A modal shift needs to take place in mass transit options such as metros, railways and intra city buses. Encouraging facilities like pedestrians’ walkways, green urban spaces and green buffer zones will give way to cleaner transportation. The system should also be geared to last mile connectivity. Large scale integration of the new modal technology innovations is crucial for an effective and reliable modal shift. A unique confluence of IT and manufacturing skills could help in leading the way towards sustainable mobility solutions.


The session will bring together entrepreneurs working in this field to discuss actions and opportunities for industry to work collaboratively and identify actionable and specific solutions for India’s future mobility system. It will also discuss on policy support required for such transformations.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This unprecedented rate of development is set against a backdrop of resource constraints, environmental degradation and climate change impacts. With material requirements outstripping supply, there is an urgent need for a system that is restorative and regenerative by design and makes effective use of resources.


Being a major resource consumer and emitter of greenhouse gases, industry has the responsibility to transition to a more sustainable growth model which will enable them to do more with less. Over the course of last decade, circular economy models have garnered support from a growing number of businesses and governments. Transitioning to a circular economy allows industry to decouple resource consumption from economic growth while remaining competitive. 


Businesses in India are increasingly integrating circular economy principles into their operations, which will help in achieving their climate change, biodiversity and water conservation related targets. This session will showcase some of the initiatives being taken by the Indian industry to transition to a circular economy. Stakeholders from different sectors will share knowledge on the steps being taken to integrate circularity not just into their operations but also across their entire supply chain. The session will also highlight the need for collaborative and data-driven action to drive a circular economy.

Climate finance is one of the key elements to unlock resources and drive action in achieving net zero and fighting climate change. Although climate goals are set, implementation efforts require momentum. There should be robust financing mechanisms and rigorous solutions to develop and deploy climate mitigation technologies, promote adaptation, and build resilience. 


India is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2070. Several companies, major investors and financial institutions are interested and have been adopting sustainable business plans that are in line with a 1.5°C future and transition to a decarbonized economy. But achieving this goal is a massive task as it presents huge challenges. According to a study by Standard Chartered Plc, India will require $17.77 trillion to meet its long-term net-zero goals with additional resources worth $12.4 trillion to complete the green journey


The session will focus on the challenges and opportunities in financing climate action. It will further discuss on the role of stakeholders in mobilizing finances for achieving India’s climate goals.

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Speaker Quotes

Contribution of agriculture to Indian economy is important. The present agricultural policies are striving to increase farmer incomes & reduce the impact of climate change

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India

The one-of-its-kind Green Strategic Partnership b/w India & Denmark will bring green growth and ensure job creation. Denmark is committed to work with India to make future green and resilient

Ms. Lea Wermelin

Minister of Environment, Government of Denmark

Building Resilience through Technology is important, but each technology should pass at least one ethical collective test, that addresses environmental and sustainability issues

Shri Suresh Prabhu

Six Times Member of Parliament

As we reset the economy to bring back jobs and growth post Covid, we need to put the economy on a sustainable & circular growth path

H.E. Mr Ugo Astuto

Ambassador, European Union to India

Collaborative efforts by both public and private sectors are required for achieving ambitious NDCs by nations. 4000 businesses have already committed to race to zero, making up for about 70% of the world

Mr. Nigel Topping

High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP26

Plastics problem is a global one & we have to deal with it together. Through joint efforts by CII, WWF India, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), UK Research and Innovation, and members of the India Plastics Pact, this first of its kind initiative in Asia will complement India’s other bold initiatives in the renewables sector and efforts to limit single-use plastics

H.E. Mr. Alexander Ellis

High Commissioner to India, British High Commission

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