Govt for Cleaner Energy Through Well Defined Roadmap: Javadekar

New Delhi
Govt for Cleaner Energy Through Well Defined Roadmap: Javadekar

Terming innovation as key to "lasting and sustainable" way of development, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that focus on "cleaner energy through a well defined roadmap" was the new mantra of the government.

He, however, rued that the country lacks in innovation and said that the system does not allow innovative brains to flourish despite having talent.

The environment minister said that the new dispensation has done many things to give real impetus to the solar, wind and clean energy sector in this year's budget.

"The lasting and sustainable way of development comes through innovation. The mantra for the new government is focused on cleaner energy through a well defined roadmap," he said.

"Unfortunately we lack in innovation our education, our system does not allow innovation or innovative brains to flourish. Yes we have great talents," he said after conferring the Climate Solver Awards 2013 organised by WWF-India and Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).

Laying stress on innovation, the minister mentioned a recent news about "Indians brains" constituting one-third of organisations like NASA and said that they got the finishing touch to their career in US as they "devised and decided" to grow on innovation.

"The material cost may not be more than Rs 2000. But that becomes Rs 20,000 and the additional 18,000 becomes innovation. That's how you get rich. Thats the sustainable way. Science, Technology and Innovation changed our lives permanently," he said.

Laying emphasis on innovation which "impacted the society in geometric proportions," Javadekar also quoted example of solar panels over canals in Gujarat and said that it was the innovative use of solar energy that gave three pronged benefits to the society.

"These included enhancement of energy efficiency, saving land resources and minimising evaporation of water due to placing of solar panels on the banks of irrigation canals in Gujarat," he said.

Javadekar also touched upon several key climate friendly initiatives that had been introduced in the Union Budget this year including increase in cess on coal from Rs 50 per ton to Rs 100 per ton, raising more revenue for clean energy and others. The minister also released a report on "Solar Air Conditioning and Solar Desalination in India." 

Appreciating the comprehensive study done on renewable energy, the minister said the initiative encouraged the use of similar technologies by local communities which would solve the problem of energy, water and environment in an integrated manner.

"On climate change, some people are so pessimistic. I am an optimist. We will bring out ways for things which will benefit the world," he said.

"We recently passed in Rajya Sabha the Finance bill. In that, more than the budget announcement, there are many changes brought in to accommodate all the demands of the solar and wind industry. These are things we have already addressed and this is how things are moving," Javadekar said.

Later talking to reporters, the Minister said that the Narendra Modi government is very conscious and has a positive programme for cleaner energy.

"Climate change is real and we must take necessary measures - adaptation, technology development, mitigation. We want to purify and make improvement in air water quality and solid waste management. But the solar and wind energy will give us clean energy and low carbon footprints," he said.

On a question, he said that the Prime Minister has himself very interested on the subject and has written a book on climate change. "He (PM) is very concerned on all these development and issues," he said.

The Climate Solver winners were awarded under two categories – Energy Access and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction- and five small and medium enterprises were awarded during the event.

Elaborating on the report released today, officials said that it focuses on two innovative renewable energy applications - solar air conditioning and solar desalination.

"Technologies such as solar air conditioning and solar desalination hold promise of becoming harbingers of change, equity and prosperity for 45 per cent of India's rural households which still struggle with electricity supply.

"It is absolutely critical to build a better understanding of the technological, financial, institutional and regulatory challenges hindering rapid large scale deployment of these solutions in the country," said Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, CEEW.

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