The CEO Roundtable entitled "Decarbonised Economy: Opportunities and Responsibilities of the ICT Sector in a Changing Climate", initiated by Greenpeace and organized by CIOL, is an attempt to engage the ICT sector to take on a more active and responsive role in the Climate debate and influencing it.
"Of the several challenges that humanity faces today, climate change is perhaps the most complex. Much as one may wish, the solution to the climate crisis is not through one silver bullet. It requires coming together of significant changes, in technology, in policy, in governance, and in the mindset of people. For India, the climate change crisis poses both a challenge and an opportunity. Already among the five largest economies of the world, India is poised for a phase of years of high growth. But we have to ensure that this growth is socially inclusive and ecologically responsible. To fulfill this dual responsibility of lifting millions out of poverty and being ecologically sustainable, it is imperative that India adopts a low carbon model of economic development. It is my firm belief that this presents an unprecedented opportunity for India to take leadership and for being a role model for the rest of the world. With 80% of India's infrastructure yet to be built, it would be a golden chance lost if we do not build our economy on the basis of clean energy, environmental friendly materials and resources. I'm happy that the Indian government has shown clear commitment and responsibility on the issues of climate change, both within the country and in the international arena."