Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy released NTPC Book on bio diversity ” The Good Earth ” and planted a sapling along with students to commemorate Environment Day at a function held today at NTPC -PMI. Speaking on the occasion he said Indian economy shall grow by leaps and bound and so will NTPC fulfilling the aspirations of all Indians. The mission of the present government is to increase use of clean technologies and renewable for power generation making Clean India Energy Capital of the world. He also emphasized on the need to restore the forest cover depleted over a period of time through massive tree plantation. He assured its facilitation using Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF). He urged NTPC to increase its tree plantation target and keep a proper record reflecting ownership of the activity. He suggested NTPC nurturing a green patch in all the states it has operates in.
Appreciating the role of NTPC School of Business (NSB) which conducts Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) course for engineers ( 60 Nos. ) Shri Goyal said the number of students may be increased with special focus on enrolment of students from rural areas over a period of time.
Shri Goyal said with successful schemes like Make in India and progress in Rural Electrification the demand of power shall increase many folds. He added that NTPC has successfully demonstrated its ability to deliver large projects and producing power in an efficient reliable and affordable manner. He said that the power sector in India is focusing on environment sustainability and NTPC has taken a lead by preserving flora and fona in and around its power stations. The book released today captures the long term efforts of NTPC in the direction and shall be an inspiration for all corporate to care for environment.
He congratulated NTPC family on its 4670 MW largest power station Vindhyachal achieving 100.05% PLF generating 114 MUs in a day yesterday.
In his address, Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD said that NTPC is deeply committed to environmental sustainability and has taken many initiatives for its betterment. Company is focused on mitigating the impact of its operations and pursues progressive environment systems and practices. Tree belts and green ash mounds near our power stations reflect our intention he said. Introduction of paperless office in NTPC and efficient use of the generating machines along with massive tree plantation shall be our direct contribution to the cause of environment day.
Shri A.K. Jha, Director (Technical), Shri SC. Pandey, Director ( Projects) and Shri K. K. Sharma, Director ( Operations ) were present on the occasion.
NTPC wishes to play a major role and contribute towards India’s green growth through its massive renewable plans and preservation of bio-diversity. The company is undertaking tree plantation covering vast areas of land in and around its projects and till date has planted about 23 million trees throughout the country. This has not only contributed to the aesthetics, but also helps in carbon sequestration by serving as “Carbon Sink” for protecting the quality of ecology and environment.
Ø Coffee Table Book “ The Good Earth”
The biodiversity forms the cornerstone of ecosystem functions and services that support millions of livelihoods in the country. NTPC recognizes that the companies that are promoting biodiversity conservation are largely trusted by their stakeholders and typically enjoy strategic business opportunities in the markets. Twelve national biodiversity targets having relevance for NTPC include integration of biodiversity concerns in economic and social development, minimization of pollution impacts, conservation and augmentation of natural resource base.
The Coffee Table Book “The Good Earth” on Biodiversity Conservation provides a glimpse of consolidated efforts on part of NTPC which are in tune with national targets. Massive plantation around the projects, eco-rehabilitation of ash dykes, development of greenbelts, eco parks, fruit gardens, medicinal plant gardens, Nakshatra Vatika, conservation of certain endangered species reflects the deep rooted commitment of NTPC to the cause of Conservation.