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Indian Private Sector & Government Officials Committed To Reaching Universal Energy Access

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A strong case made for decentralized renewable energy by railway Minister Shri. Suresh Prabhu.

New Delhi, 11 August: Over 400 leaders from business enterprises, financial institutions and government have renewed their commitment in supporting India achieve national climate plans to deliver access to sustainable energy and drive India’s low carbon transition at this year’s India Energy Access Summit.

The Summit, convened by The Climate Group and the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) and in partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), is being held in New Delhi.

Speaking at the Summit, Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, Government of India, said: “There are around 2 billion people in the world without access to electricity.

Suresh Prabhu : Decentralization of the energy grid is good as it helps create more jobs and brings forward innovation. This also saves on costs of putting additional infrastructure in for transmission.

At the inaugural session of the Summit, Richard Verma, Ambassador of the United States of America to India, said: “Expanding access to energy in India is fundamental to the development that needs to and will happen in coming years. Without electricity, it is simply impossible to create the necessary jobs, homes, factories, offices, schools, and other necessary infrastructure. Estimates suggest that if India succeeds in meeting its ambitious development goals, the country’s energy consumption, which has doubled over the past 15 years, may triple or even quadruple in coming decades.”

Following India’s pledge to cut national emissions at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), driving decentralized clean energy across the country is a focal point for the nation’s low carbon energy transition – as around 240 million people in India still have no access to electricity.

The India Energy Access Summit is focused on achieving these targets, addressing the country-wide need to up-scale renewable energy technologies, future-proof business models, and build capacity and skills that catalyse the evolving landscape of state and central government policies on energy access.

In his official opening remarks, Krishnan Pallassana, India Executive Director at The Climate Group, said: “Now is the time for us all to take the initiative and accelerate rural electrification. There are still over 7000 villages awaiting to be connected to the energy grid, which the Ministry of Power envisions electrifying by the end of the year. Strengthening these systems to meet national climate action plans and the goal of achieving energy access across India – the seventh Sustainable Development Goal of low carbon energy access for all – will allow them to be met faster and more effectively.

Hari Natarajan, CEO at Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN), remarked: “This year’s summit will not only showcase industry best practices in improving energy access but also encourage private sector start-ups, as well as established businesses working to serve the rural and urban poor to further hone their consumer orientation and evolve their service delivery models to secure their long term sustainability in an increasingly competitive market, in order to achieve MNRE’s draft mini-grid policy avowing its commitment to facilitate the installation of at least 10,000 mini-grids with a total installed capacity of 500 MW by 2021.”

The Summit opened yesterday with a workshop focused on energy access, followed by a mini-grid roundtable hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation and a high level inter-ministerial roundtable with policymakers from MNRE and Ministries of Finance, Agriculture and Health. The Summit will end tomorrow, August 12, with a day focused on energy efficiency and LED lighting as a way to drive universal energy access in India.

This year’s India Energy Access Summit is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and Philips Lighting India as summit partners, and The Shakti Foundation as a strategic partner.

Follow the Summit online using #EnergyAccess2016 | @ClimateGroup | @thecleannetwork

 

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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