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Experts discuss the need to switch to clean energy resources and technologies at the GPS-2017
The Global Partnership Summit (GPS) 2017, organised by the India Center Foundation (ICF), emphasizes on various segments which contribute in playing a key role in the nation's development process such as clean energy, healthcare, infrastructure & logistics, energy, tourism, art & culture, agro economy, banking & finance, education & skill development and information & communication technology, among others.

On the opening day of the GPS on Monday, an important session was conducted on the theme of 'Clean Energy and Technologies.' The session was held in Aero City, New Delhi on December 11, 2017, where many panellists including global leaders participated for discussing about the above mentioned theme.

Hon Ejima Kiyoshi, Member at House of Councillors from Liberal Democratic Party in Japan; Mr Masatsugu Shimono, Vice Chairman at IBM Japan; Mr Taishi Sugiyama, Senior Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies; Mr Aishwarya Kachhal, Indus Towers Limited and Ms Prity Khastgir, Founder & CEO at Tech Corp International Strategist (TCIS), participated for the session and shared their views on the theme of clean energy and technologies.

The session was moderated by Mr Pranav Mehta, Founder Chairman at National Solar Energy Federation of India.

During the session, the panellists spoke about how innovative technologies in the current scenario are paving the way towards a better and renewable future across the world. Meanwhile, they also raised the issues of climate change and global warming in their discussion.

Talking about the subject of Clean Energy Sources and Technology, they also emphasised on how Renewable Energy (RE) is the next big thing on the anvil.

The panellists from various domains including academicians as well stressed on the global endeavours such as the Paris Climate Accord, Sustainable Development Goals by UN, Formation of International Solar Alliance, Formation of global solar council, Energy Wende i.e. the evolution of fossil fuels to renewable, etc.

While discussing about the benefits of the RE, the panellists said that renewable energy does not only help in reducing the energy wastage, but also help in empowering people by offering them access to clean energy that plays a key role in maintaining an effective energy structure of a country.

In the conventional energy distribution chain, around 90% energy gets wasted in the process of its generation, distribution, storage and usage.

India is the third largest country in the world who consumes solar energy on the large scale, after China and US. Not only that, the Indian solar market has seen a massive growth in the last three years and has grown by an average 72% in the past few years.

Apart from discussing about the roadmap to make an effective renewable energy structure, the panellists also stressed on the innovative technologies such as IoT, AI, low cost connectivity, 3D printing, HVAC, energy efficiency and lighting etc.

One of the panellists said, "In the automobile space, EVs, self drive cars, car sharing can cut down CO2 emission by upto 50% to 100% and can also bring about a host of economic benefits to the table". Apart from that, RE's consequences on the social innovation, health and livelihoods of people were also discussed during the session.

Keeping the present growth rate of the Indian economy in mind, the energy needs are expected to double in the next 6 to 7 years. To achieve such needs, solar harvesting and big data analytics may play a pivotal role, according to panellists.

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