Grover said that without any concerted effort from the part of public and private sector and whole hearted participation by common people, any effort to reduce green house gas emissions will not produce the desired result. Climate change is the most serious challenge human society has ever faced and everybody needs to understand and act. He added that in a developing country like India, inclusive growth means more and more governmental schemes and support to attain the desired rate of economic and human development.
Grover further said that greenhouse gas emission has been identified as Power Sector (28.9%), Industrial Sector (12.3%), Domestic Sector (6.4%) etc. In Power Sector, the highest GHG is there for the very reason that hydro power potential has not been tapped to the extent required as against the total hydel potential of 1,50,000 MW available in the country, only about 30,000 MW has been harnessed.
Surinder Vashist touched the basic fundamentals like what is appropriate technology, how to evaluate appropriateness, factors for assessment on appropriate technology, use of novel technologies like renewable energy, green buildings etc. and the strategies for implementation and sustainability was highlighted.
R. P. Singh, CMD SJVNL said that harnessing of hydel potential in the country can prove to be the boon in the direction of reduction of carbon footprints. It is unfortunate that so far we have been able to harness just about 25% of available hydel potential and we have about 180000MW of potential still to be harnessed.
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