New Delhi (NVI): Observing that global warming and climate change are affecting every aspect of human beings and environment, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on October 21 said, “All nations must harness renewable resources to overcome the challenges posed by global warming, climate change and pollution generated from conventional energy sources.”
Speaking at the inauguration of 24th SUN Meet – i-SUN CaP (International capacity Augmentation Programmes for the “Sunshine Countries of ISA”) organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Naidu said, “He wanted to see every house, institution and organization to have their own solar panels on rooftops to meet their energy demands and vastly reduce carbon footprint.”
In the event, he lauded IIPA for signing MoU with International Solar Alliance (ISA) for capacity-building of its member countries in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation under ITEC-programme of Ministry of External Affairs in the presence of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, said the statement.
He called upon policymakers and experts in the renewable energy sector to take steps to tap the vast potential of solar energy around the world and make solar energy affordable for all and urged all the member nations of the International Solar Alliance to develop solar resources and related technology so that their reliance on fossil resources is reduced, said an official statement.
Opined that India has huge potential to become the leader in the solar energy sector, Naidu expressed happiness over the way renewable energy resources have been developed in India and said, “Moving to renewables would not only ensure energy security but also help in protecting the climate and reducing pollution.”
Recalling that India and France were the founding countries of International Solar Alliance, he said, “PM Modi and the former French President Francois Hollande initiated the project to combine the efforts of both countries to work against climate change and promote renewable energy in place of fossil fuels.”
“The idea of a concrete road map towards sustainability had also been reiterated by the Prime Minister in the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York. The solar alliance would play an important role in realizing his dream of ‘Climate action: Time to Act Now’,” he added.
He further said, “ISA’s vision includes undertaking joint efforts to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology in producing renewable energy across the globe and also to mobilize more than USD 1000 billion of investment by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy and pave the way for future technologies.”
T.N. Chaturvedi, IIPA Chairman, I.V. Subba Rao, Secretary, Shekhar Dutt, IIPA Vice Chairman, Upendra Tripathy, ISA Director-General, Surendra Nath Tripathi, IIPA Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration were also present at the event.