The Kansai Research Centre of IGES in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), organised the second JITMAP seminar entitled “Promoting India-Japan collaboration on environment technologies” with support from Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), and the Japan Environmental Technology Association (JETA). Held in the Conference room at MCCIA in Pune (Maharashtra, India) on 14 February, 2023, this seminar aimed to introduce the Japan-India Technology Matchmaking Platform (JITMAP) and to share experiences in India, Japan, and other countries to tackle air pollution, as well as to introduce Japanese environmental technologies to participants, mainly from government agencies and companies in Maharashtra. The seminar also provided a chance to exchange views on how Japan, India and JITMAP should cooperate to overcome environmental problems in Maharashtra in the future.
First of all, IGES gave a presentation on JITMAP activities, and then JETA introduced cooperation between Japan and China on air pollution control and countermeasures. Following this, HORIBA India, Pvt. Ltd. introduced their environmental technologies such as combustion flue gas monitoring technology, process gas analyzers, and air and water quality monitoring equipment, emphasising the importance of accurate monitoring and measurement of various metals in the air.
The seminar concluded with a roundtable discussion on the theme “What kind of support and cooperation should India, Japan and JITMAP provide to resolve the environment issues faced by Maharashtra?” with 10 panelists from local government agencies, industries, and industrial associations. Government agencies welcomed Japanese cooperation in air quality monitoring, while industry expressed a growing interest in the introduction of photovoltaic systems due to rising energy costs, a desire to contribute to improving the technical capabilities of Indian companies and others through technical exchange by way of JITMAP activities, a desire for capacity-building programmes, and the need to take a long-term perspective when introducing environmental measures and technologies.
Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA)