Team Leader's Profile

Meenakshi Jain (Chief Managing Director)

Miss Meenakshi Jain is founder and chief managing director of Positive Climate Care Private Limited, National CDM Consultant for Asian Development Bank, Director (Projects) – Carbon Minus India, is an entrepreneur and consultant by profession and postgraduate Environmental Engineer by academic qualification. A born entrepreneur, acquired rules of business, its principles and ethics from her father Shri Suresh Chandra Jain, a renowned businessman. Miss Jain established PCC in the year of 2006 and nurtured it by her fine skills, inherent diligence and a positive attitude to serve the humanity.

Miss Jain holds two master degrees- M. Tech. in Environmental Engineering and M.Sc. in Chemistry. With more than ten years of professional experience in independent managing of power sector projects under climate change mitigation regime, her work spans in whole gamut of Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory Consultancy Services. As the Operational Head of Positive Climate Care Private Limited, she is sprawling the company’s business in India and overseas by augmenting new dimensions of services and advancing the existing operations to a new horizon.

A seasoned professional in the climate change and renewable energy space, Meenakshi is passionate towards making an invaluable contribution in the field of environmental sustainability. She carries an impressive track record in International GHG mitigation sector focusing on carbon offsetting, project development and project management. She has been continuously leading the capacity building and management activities for large sustainable carbon offset projects of number of investors in various parts of India. She has comprehensive knowledge and experience of developing, coordinating and managing different kinds of renewable energy projects including Solar and Wind power plants, and GHG mitigation scheme under different protocols (Compliance and Voluntary markets).

Through her company, i.e. Positive Climate Care Pvt. Ltd. (PCC), Ms. Jain is involved in development of renewable energy projects and management of emission reduction programs for various clients. She oversees the Project Management Consultancy services from concept to commissioning and coordinates further operation & maintenance activities for solar and wind power plants. She provides assistance to project developers on a wide range of procedures, such as choosing the best environmental friendly technology for impressive returns, preparation of financial business models to suit investor’s need, securing funds (loans) from financial institutions, preparation of bid documents, developing bid strategy for final bid submission, coordination with relevant stakeholders for land acquisition, obtaining various clearances from statutory bodies, registering project with state nodal agency, executing PPA (power purchase agreement) with government and structuring PPA for third party sale or open access mechanism. Over the years she has developed an effective network with relevant government and semi-government departments in Rajasthan state and other regions too. She has strong coordination skills and substantial direct field experience of managing projects by working with multiple stakeholders. She has notable experience of organizing field visits, consulting on relevant issues, and organizing workshops/trainings. Owing to her command in renewable power domain acquired by fine technical knowledge and grassroots experience of public policies and projects, she has also advised government bodies on various policy matters including preparation of ToR.

Ms. Jain is recognized as a lead consultant with an extensive experience in the fields of Environment and Climate Change Mitigation, Carbon Trading, Compliance Market (Clean Development Mechansim-CDM) and Voluntary Market (VER/VCS/CCX). She provides pragmatic solutions for entire carbon project cycle and the purview of her services include development of carbon asset management strategy, project evaluation, CDM potential identification and quantification, Techno-commercial due diligence, documentation, coordination with client as well as DOE and various other stakeholders involved in a project cycle, obtaining all required institutional and regulatory approvals, assistance in project validation, verification, registration, issuance and transaction of CERs/VCUs. Her project catalogue ranges from Fuel Switching, Energy Efficiency, Agriculture sector and Waste Management to Renewable Energy Technologies. With her vast knowledge in carbon market, she has successfully registered almost a dozen energy sector projects under VCS (Voluntary Carbon Standard) and four bundled projects under CCX (Chicago Climate Exchange) Standard. She has assisted state government nodal agencies, semi-government and private companies for their large and small-scale projects for CDM, VCS and CCX registrations. Apart from CDM project development, she is the key person for carbon trading. She has wide network of buyers for carbon credits and has successfully transacted lakhs of carbon credits for the best returns to reach the project developer. She has been instrumental in the development and successful registration of hundreds of MW of wind power projects and is considered an authority on the subject as evident from the invitations received to speak at various national and international conferences hosted by BARC, ICCOA, RCCI and many more renowned organizations. 

Ms. Jain was associated with Technical Support Facility (TSF) of Asian Development Bank as National CDM Consultant on Rajasthan Urban Solid Waste Composting Program- CDM Program of Activity (PoA). The PoA was sponsored by ADB. Ms. Jain played a key role for the overall CDM registration process. The PoA involved 17-20 cities in the state of Rajasthan and it was under the regime of Local Self Government Department (LSGD), Government of Rajasthan (GoR). Along with CDM registration work, she led the capacity building of CDM cell staff of LSGD, GoR. For this purpose, she prepared CDM training material to suit to the identified needs of the staff, conducted training sessions and workshop for Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) staff of LSGD and other organizations associated with the LSGD. She provided the CDM cell staff hands on training to get host country approval from the Designated National Authority (DNA) for the concerned CDM PoA and also assisted them in getting environment clearance. Apart from CDM cell staff, she also assisted other urban local bodies staff for any training needs or any advice regarding their CPA’s registration under CDM.  She communicated with senior level officers of LSGD to discuss the potential of CDM in various ongoing projects in different sectors. Along with development of project design documents, she assisted CDM cell staff in coordination with DNA, DOE and also helped them in finalizing agreement with DOE. She also assisted CDM cell staff in all validation related issues. She worked in consultation with the project team as well as TSF team to find solutions for queries from the DOE at the stage of validation; Prepared responses to DOE; Successfully closed the Corrective actions requests/Clarifications raised by DOE; Revised all CDM documents as per the DOE requirements and latest guidelines of UNFCCC; Applied latest version of methodology and tools and analyzed newly introduced tools relevant to the project activity; She, along with other ADB TSF consultants supported a two days Monitoring training and capacity building workshop held at one CPA project site in which officers from different ULBs participated. In this workshop, special emphasis was given on monitoring activities, operationalization of monitoring plan and record keeping. In addition to support for overall CDM registration process, she has also prepared a comprehensive CDM operation and monitoring manual for municipalities.  In 2015, ADB invited her as resource person for Capacity building workshop on monitoring of Clean Development Mechanism projects held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

As the Director (P) Carbon Minus India, she organized “Indian Carbon Market- Stakeholders Meet 2007” in New Delhi. Along with other events, she also organized the Advanced Executive CDM Training Program number of times in New Delhi, where she was the core faculty for these programs.

She was associated with a leading NGO of International repute as CDM project coordinator for Sustainable Livelihood Promotion Project for 100,000 rural resource poor families in four states of India (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh).

Under her leadership, Positive Climate Care Pvt. Ltd. was rated among top 100 small businesses of 2011 in India and it is profiled in inaugural issue of Small Medium Entrepreneur- a premium small business magazine.

Miss Jain also adds her significant bits to the society by a wide variety of credentials she has in the domains of academia, research, and didactics. She has been sharing her experience and knowledge at many national and international level training programs and conferences. She has a number of publications to her credit in national as well as international journals, proceedings and books. She has been awarded many times for her phenomenal performance in extracurricular activities and educational endeavors including the Gold Medal at MNIT for securing the top academic rank in M. Tech. program. In June 2014, she was awarded as Inspiring Women in India in Women Leaders in India Award 2014 by ii Global Business Information. In April 2011, she was awarded as Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur for 2009-10 by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Ladies Organization (FLO) during their 27th Annual session.  

   

In 2008, she was honored as the Outstanding Indian Woman by the Russian Embassy in India on International Women's Day. She has been profiled in “Business for all” magazine’s November 2013 issue.

                 

Ms. Jain is Gold Standard member of Carbon Trade Exchange. She is also serving as Alternate Member of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) - CHD 34- Environmental Management Sectional Committee and International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA). She is also associated with Indian Desalination Association- Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Solar Energy Society of India (SESI) and Bio Diesel Society of India as a life member.