Climate change is one of those issues that has caught everyone’s imagination but not everyone’s support. It is heartwarming to see bright young people venturing in this space to help create not only awareness but a transitioning towards a low-carbon economy.
Shrey Goyal is a Co-founder of Sustainable Growth Initiative. They provide advisory services to confront pressing issues related to sustainability, climate change, energy security and social equity. He is also a Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur and regularly talks about climate change issues at international events.
In this Hangout I asked him about his speech at COP 21 climate conference in Paris, some of the key projects he has worked on, how being recognized by Forbes has helped him and his vision for his venture.
Here are some tidbits from Shrey:
Climate change like all other kinds of environmental and social problems affects women disproportionately
At the moment we are working with something around 30 to 35,000 farmers
In the past we worked with the erstwhile planning commission which is now NITI Aayog on building the India energy security scenario
We are currently engaged with an infrastructure consulting company. We are helping them build infrastructure projects keeping climate change in mind, climate adaptation in mind
As the economy de-carbonizes, business models have to change, markets are going to change, sources of raw materials are going to change, market preferences will change
So in the future it’s possible that some economies might have a carbon tax so you need to be prepared for that eventuality
Once climate change becomes a political issue, which hasn’t happened in India yet but I’m very sure it will happen. Once that starts happening then the govt will have to act anyway
In the immediate aftermath of being recognized by Forbes, me and my co-founder we were flooded with requests from members of the media and also from potential investors, from potential business partners so on..
Right now there’s a single Forbes 30 under 30 list, it’s possible that within a few years there may be separate list for social entrepreneurs
Here’s the full Hangout: