Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests & Climate Change released the report titled, “RE+: Renewables beyond Electricity – Solar Air Conditioning & Desalination in India” and awarded five small and medium enterprises with the Climate Solver Award 2013 on Friday, 1 August 2014, to promote low carbon innovative technologies in the country. The event, organized jointly by WWF-India and Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), was also attended by Shri Upendra Tripathy (Secretary, MNRE) and Shri V. Subramanian, (Former Secretary, MNRE).
Speaking at the event, Shri Prakash Javadekar, said, “I would like to congratulate all the winners of the ‘Climate Solver Awards’ and authors of the ‘RE+: Renewables beyond Electricity’ report. Such initiatives are critical to raise awareness about climate change. Today, climate change is real and we need to fight it through appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures along with innovative technologies. We need to pursue innovation as it is the sustainable way of development in any country.”
He further added, “Climate change needs optimism and desire to make the world a better place. Our government is committed towards the same and hence we have chosen the clean energy path as the mantra of the Modi government.”
The event saw the release of a report titled, “RE+: Renewables beyond Electricity – Solar Air Conditioning & Desalination in India”, jointly prepared by WWF-India and CEEW, an independent think-tank. The report focusses on two innovative renewable energy applications, i.e. solar air conditioning and solar desalination and is a follow-up to the previously released report, RE+: Renewables beyond Electricity, a compendium of 14 innovative renewable energy applications (beyond electricity generation).
“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,” added Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of CEEW, who also served as a jury member of the Climate Solver Awards.
The Climate Solver winners were awarded under two categories – Energy Access and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction. Speaking at the event, Mr. Ravi Singh, SG & CEO, WWF-India said, “Innovations are essential change agents for any system, and have transformative potential for mitigating climate change and enabling energy access. Through the Climate Solver initiative, WWF–India aims to promote innovative and scalable low carbon technologies that promote energy access and reduce GHG emissions. The awards endeavour to showcase practical solutions provided by Indian SMEs and their significant replication potential at a national and perhaps, a global level.”
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