The Union Government’s target of achieving 200 GW renewable energy production in the country by 2022 is humongous, but possible, said Chitra Rajagopal, Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (System Analysis and Programme).
At the inaugural of the three-day international conference on “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Environment”, organised by Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology at Pollachi on Thursday, she said that the country was also looking at reducing carbon emission by 30 % by 2030.
Apart from the economy, social and environment issues were also important for sustainable development. There was a need for a powerful international organisation that would lead the change, giving importance to economy, environment and society.
There should also be a change in the mindset of people and a systematic approach and analysis was needed to address this, she said.
Ashok Pandey, scientist at Centre of Innovative and Applied Bio Processing and chairman of the conference, said the event looked at projecting a network for sustainable environment globally, with focus on quality, applications, and linkage.
According to M. Manickam, chairman of the institution, there is need to tap renewable energy resources to cope with growing needs and combating air pollution. The stakeholders should find ways to conserve the natural resources so that renewable energy could be used all through the year.
The event will have presentations by about 40 speakers.
Students from nearby schools and colleges will visit the exhibition organised as part of the conference.
An Enviro-truck has displays of innovative clean energy products.
It will travel through different parts of the State to create awareness in both, rural and urban areas.
Vanitha Niranjan Thakkur, secretary general of Solar Energy Society of India, inaugurated the SWELECT training and research lab for PV modules on the campus for research in photovoltaic modules and for students to learn about the applications of PV modules.
R. Chellappan, managing director of Swelect Energy, said solar energy fuelled growth of renewable energy.
The next edition of the conference will be held in July 2019.