In the session, the ‘Solar Man of India’ cautioned that fossil fuels contribute to almost 80-85% of energy and that the planet is already 1.10C warmer compared to the pre-industrial era...

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As a part of 36 events being organized by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) to celebrate the agency’s completion of 36 years, on 4th May, 2023, it arranged an interactive session on ‘Energy Literacy’ at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The event witnessed enthusiastic and active participation from IREDA employees and their family members. In the event, as a token of appreciation for IREDA’s role in promoting Renewable Energy in India and creating a sustainable energy future, Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki, known as the ‘Solar Man of India’ presented a Climate Clock to Pradip Kumar Das, Chairman & Managing Director, IREDA.

In the session, Professor Solanki emphasized on the severity of climate change and urged everyone to be a part of the solution, as we have all been a part of the pollution. Dr. Solanki, a Professor from IIT Bombay and Founder of the Energy Swaraj Foundation, stressed on the importance of understanding climate change and limiting energy use through the ‘AMG principle – Avoid, Minimize, and Generate.’ He suggested avoiding energy as much as possible even if it is solar energy, and minimizing energy use through the use of efficient appliances. He encouraged the generation of energy locally, emphasizing distributed production as part of ‘Energy Swaraj’. Dr. Solanki advised that we must take drastic measures to limit warming to ideally 1.50C, beyond which the changes will be irreversible.

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