Tata Trusts and UCLA host two-day global forum “Innovating for a Sustainable Energy Future”

Tata Trusts, in association with University of California, Los Angeles, is hosting a two-day global forum on “Innovating for a Sustainable Energy Future”, aimed at bringing together leading UCLA energy environment scholars with Indian business and government leaders for a discussion on sustainable energy sources. The forum is to address issues and challenges to making megacities sustainable, the integration of solar power into smart-energy grids and the production of sustainable biological fuels.

“India needs to achieve the right balance between economic growth and energy autonomy, while ensuring sustainability. We have the task of not only preserving but nurturing our environment to make this planet a better place to live. This can only be achieved if we collaborate and innovate to develop means that help us achieve our long-term goals,” said Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Trusts.

“As India’s economic development continues apace, the need for sustainable energy has become more urgent. UCLA’s research on the environment, energy and sustainability showcased in our ongoing Sustainable LA Grand Challenge is relevant to megacities worldwide. It is our hope that this event will forge mutually beneficial links between India and UCLA to promote innovative sustainable energy solutions and policies,” said Chancellor Gene Block of UCLA .

The forum will be addressed by Gururaj Deshpande, president and chairman, Sparta Group, and chairman, Tejas Networks on the first day, and Smriti Irani, minister of human resource development on the second, along with thought leaders from UCLA and India.

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