R K Singh exhorts women to increase participation in renewable energy sector, steer transition to net zero – EQ Mag
Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh has exhorted women to increase participation in the renewable energy sector and steer the country’s transition towards net zero emissions.
Speaking at a conference on ‘Women in Renewable Energy: A Dialogue on Policy, Technology, Skilling, and Finance’ on Monday, Singh mentioned India’s key achievements in the renewable energy sector and stated that the country’s actions are in line with commitments made in the Paris Agreement to limit the temperature increase to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
As per a statement issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Singh exhorted women to increase participation in the renewable energy sector and steer India’s transition towards net zero emission.
Highlighting the role of women in combating climate change, he emphasized the significance of developing women-centric policies and implementation frameworks in the renewable energy sector. Singh recognised how women are more effective in bringing about changes at the grassroots level through community engagement and household-level action. He noted that women, especially in rural areas, can benefit from Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) appliances and gain reliable livelihood opportunities.
He also highlighted that women can play a big role in switching to green cooking which can be another big step in achieving net zero goal.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced the recognition of the work of women in renewable energy sector under categories, including fostering a gender-diverse work place; outstanding woman entrepreneurs (including startups and excluding rural areas); rural women entrepreneurs; NGOs or civil society organisations encouraging women for the use of renewable energy and women leading the change for renewable energy, separately in urban areas and rural areas.
The event was attended by more than 180 participants comprising stakeholders across the value chain, including representatives from Union ministries, state government departments, multilateral organisations, financiers, technology suppliers, and think tanks.