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Sustainable energy key to achieving SDGs

Sep 08, 2017

The idea of clean energy will emerge as a game changer that will not only bring overarching benefits to the industry but also propel growth in the long run.

New Delhi: The transition to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is crucial to achieve many of the SDGs such as education, water supply and industrialization to mitigate climate change, said the speakers at the first plenary session was on 'Clean Energy: A game changer in attaining inclusive growth' of the Sustainability Summit organised by CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in New Delhi on September 7-8.

The discussion was moderated by K S Venkatgiri, Executive Director, CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre. He explained the idea of clean energy as a game changer that will benefit all the sectors of the industry and create inclusive growth. He gave the example of how the IT sector revolutionized the industry and created significant number of jobs in the 90s.

K S Popli, Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Renewable Development Agency Ltd, commented that the change is visible in the industry and the transition will continue. He also spoke about more SMART cities which will be utilize 100% renewable energy. Henriette Faergemann, Counselor Environment, Energy & Climate Change, EU Delegation to India, said that the EU and the Indian government are committed to work towards achieving energy efficiency. She mentioned about the successful alternative energy projects being implemented in the European Union and also gave an example of Denmark, which produced 42% of its energy from wind turbines in 2016.

Sanjeev Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Amplus Solar, pointed out the growing interest of the business fraternity in clean and sustainable energy. He said that every household can become a powerhouse by generating power though solar energy. Surbhi Goyal, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank, said that the SDGs have set the pace by specifying the targets for clean energy. Speaking about the government's commitment to reduce carbon emission by 30%-35%, she added that there is need for a mechanism to monitor the progress and the utilization of resources. She also cited the challenge of storage of surplus alternative energy and encouraged the industry to innovate and create out of the box ideas for storage.


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