IGES Kansai Research Centre had an opportunity to present its activities to promote Japanese companies’ low-carbon technology (LCT) transfer in India at a monthly meeting of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India (JCCII) on 18 October 2018 at Japan Embassy in New Delhi. This opportunity was kindly arranged by the embassy with participation of about 150 JCCII members.
With support from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ), IGES and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India, jointly launched the Japan-India Technology Matchmaking Platform (JITMAP) in July 2016 to support business matchmaking between Japanese companies, the LCT providers, and Indian companies, the recipients. JITMAP activities vary from organising seminars for promoting particular LCTs and training workshops for improving energy managers’ and auditors’ understanding of the LCTs, to conducting feasibility studies of the LCTs at selected factories and arranging business talks with top management of selected companies and meetings with policymakers and regulators to discuss supporting policies. As an example of JITMAP activities, a workshop co-organised with Ankleshwar Industries Association and other agencies in Gujarat in August 2018 to introduce energy saving potential of compressed air systems provided by Kobelco Compressors India Pvt. Ltd. and energy saving transmission belts provided by Bando Chemical Industries Ltd., that was very much appreciated by the participants comprising more than 100 representatives of small and medium enterprises, was introduced.
Following the presentation, a number of Japanese companies showed interest in JITMAP activities. There were also suggestions to apply for the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) to enhance JITMAP activities and to collaborate with the Blue Sky Initiative promoted by the Japan Embassy in India. Following that, further discussion was held with JICA India Office to explore potential collaboration.
The presentation at the JCCII meeting was part of a business trip to India which includes other activities managed by IGES-TERI such as organising a training of trainers workshop on best operating practices of the compressed air system, and conducting feasibility studies at selected companies in Begaluru, Karnataka, in cooperation with Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd., as well as conducting feasibility studies of electric heat pumps at selected factories and holding relevant business meetings with the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) and other seafood exporting companies in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, in cooperation with Mayekawa MFG Co., Ltd.
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Toshizo Maeda, Deputy Director of Kansai Research Centre, IGES