Friday, December 18, 2009

COP-hang-en !!

COP-hang-en….. This is what I interpret from the proceedings at the COP15 at Copenhagen. The tug of war between the ‘Developed nations’ and the ‘Rest of the world’ seems to be worsening day by day.

Will some body tell these guys, it’s not only about the economic activities; it’s about the place we live in, the air we breathe. It’s not about proving their dominance and power but all about the earth, our home. Emissions, Financing, Monitoring and Legal formalities are the main points discussed in the COP.The Developed world is trying to tighten the noose on the developing nations especially the BASIC (Brazil, India, China, and Africa). The central financial body to be created would give least priority to the BASIC. A major thing that limits the acceptance of binding targets is scarcity of funds in these developing economies to facilitate the technological transfer.

These points further strengthen the stand of these developing economies of the World for not accepting the binding targets as well as the peaking year.The total proceedings in the COP have only lead to further confusion and scepticism regarding the post Kyoto scenario of the world.

However, there’s no use, rather no time, to be a pessimist. So, let’s pray…all the bridges are built, gaps are filled, and differences are cleared, in what we call the ‘most important phase of the COP15’.

Hope the DEAL IS SEALED for the good of Mother Earth.

Avinashkumar Rai
MBA (E & E)

Monday, December 14, 2009

IT symposium on “Analytics: A strategic business enabler

Analytics: A strategic business enabler

What ? : IT symposium on “Analytics: A strategic business enabler”.

When? : 17th of December 2009, 5-7 PM

Where? : Le Royale, Hinjewadi, Pune

The emergence of the wired world has transformed businesses forever. In this networked world, uncertainty has been the rule of the game in business. Managers, deluged by the vast expanse of information available in this networked world, have looked at solutions which would help them distill such voluminous information and aid in making decisions.

Managers have also begun to utilize the business intelligence systems for timely decision making. Analytics industry has grown to meet these demands effectively. The rising popularity stands testimony to this fact. According to IBM’s CIO Global Study, 83 percent of respondents said business intelligence and analytics are a top priority. The old quote, “You cannot manage what you are not measuring” sounds sagacious even in present times when businesses are becoming more complex every day with global linkages being forged across diverse business functions. Although the recent financial crisis threw in uncomfortable questions to question the raison d’etre of analytics industry, the after math of the crisis brought risk analytics to the fore to help managers mitigate the risks companies would face in challenging times.

Analytics has matured over the years from helping line managers take decisions across functional silos to expanding its dimensions across building strategy for the growth of organization. This would entail a paradigm shift as companies will have to move beyond their process driven analytics frame work to fully realize the power of analytics to convert reams of data into business insights for the future.

All this and more, awaits you at the IT symposium 2009. SIIB invites the best minds to debate, analyze, and share insights on “Analytics: A strategic business enabler”.

To register for the event, call Salar Bijili @ 9766909480 (

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Denmark agrees to do its bit...

Denmark (host nation, to the climate summit) is one of the first countries in the world to earmark financing for developing nations to strengthen their capacities to combat climate change in the short run, as per Danish government.

Provided there is a global climate deal and other countries pay their share too, Denmark will fund 0.16 billion euro to help developing countries strengthen their capacities to tackle climate change in the short term (2010-2012).

The Danish funding is in line with EU’s opinion that a deal is needed on both “fast start” financing for developing countries from 2010-2012, followed by a significant scaling up of public and private financial flows to developing countries from 2013. EU has estimated the need for 2010-2012 to 5 to 7 billion euro, according to EU Business.

In a press release, the Danish government states that Denmark in this way would contribute to immediate action taking place in developing countries shortly after the climate change conference.

Ulla Tørnæs, the Danish Minister , stated that their aim is to send a clear signal to other nations that finance is needed on the negotiating table in Copenhagen, targeting the least developed countries that are to be hardest hit by climate change, without which no climate deal would prove benefiicial.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Coping with hope

In view of this climate change campaign, there is a great possibility for the Copenhagen summit to end on a positive note. It would provide a simple & direct solution for the present and future sustenance. In spite of strong opposition pertaining to the summit’s outcome, pressure is certainly intense and too hot to handle.

The leadership lies in ‘how everybody plays their part, in this fight for right’. This is something above the ‘as usual business’, wherein we as a part of nature need to lead and protect it. This is undoubtedly one of the aspects, hovering in the minds of every individual at the money.

Let's cope!!

Satya Venkataraman

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

EU quiet on 30 percent vow

The European Union has decided to stay quiet at the moment, on a key issue till the very last moment of the UN conference on climate change(as per Swedish Minister for Environment, Andreas Carlgren). As Sweden holds the rotating EU presidency, Mr. Carlgren is negotiating on behalf of the union.

The EU has already adopted a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. However, the decision also specifies that the union will raise its commitments to 30 percent if other major players undertake “comparable commitments” – without specifying what would qualify as being “comparable”. Sources say this step is to keep up the pressure on major players...US & China

“The EU is ready to raise its commitments from 20 to 30 percent, depending on others countries' plans, especially US and China.

Padmanabh Iyer - MBA (E & E)

Monday, December 7, 2009

South Africa: Aid needed to reach target

South Africa is fine with reducing their carbon emissions if provided necessary financial and technological support.

Just before the opening of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen on Monday, South Africa announced that it is ready to cut the growth of its carbon emissions by 34 % by 2020 and 42 % by 2025, provided if it gets necessary aid from developed countries to achieve its goals.

"This would perhaps enable South Africa’s emissions to peak between 2020 and 2025, plateau for approximately a decade, and later decline in absolute terms thereafter," as per the statment given by South Africa’s presidency & released on the South African Press Association PR wire, Bloomberg.

"This undertaking is conditional on firstly, a fair, ambitious and effective agreement... and secondly, the provision of support from the international community, and in particular finance, technology and support," the South African statement continued, according to BBC News. South Africa generates almost all of its electricity from coal, Bloomberg said.
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Padmanabh Iyer - MBA - E & E (09-11)

Delegation leaves for ’Hagen

A 20-member delegation comprising farmers, civil society actors, experts, scientists, mediapersons, policy makers will participate in COP 15 from December 7-18 under the banner of ‘Beyond Copenhagen; Collective Action on Climate Change’.

The members are led by a Jaipur-based NGO — Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON).

The first phase of the campaign had focused on ‘Towards a National Consensus on India’s Position in International Negotiation’, experience of the campaign and the way forward, a shared outcome of the process involving wide variety of stakeholders, including farmers, women, Dalits, tribals, media and policy makers, he added.

Similar regional consultation and workshops were organised in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Bihar prior to Jaipur. The campaign also organised a public hearing on climate change for arid and semi-arid region involving people from over 12 states sharing their stories on how climate change and its wide ramifications have affected their lives, livelihoods, economy and culture.

CECOEDECON was also a part of another national process and campaign supported by Oxfam and other partner organisations which conducted public hearings on impact of climate change in different agro-climatic zones (forests, Himalayan eco system, urban, flood plains, coastal region) finally culminating in national Public hearings (November 11-13, 2009 in Delhi).

CECOEDECON is one of the few accredited organisations with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will organise a side event at Copenhagen on December 11, 2009 under “Why Agriculture Must Be Focused In Climate Change Negotiations”. In this event, speakers include many activists and experts of national and international repute from India.

Original source: Times News Network, 7 December 2009

Padmanabh Iyer
MBA (E & E)