With a population of over 1.4 billion, India has a massive demand for energy to fuel its rapidly growing economy. From a power deficit nation at the time of Independence, India has made significant strides in renewable energy in recent years, both in terms of installed capacity and policy initiatives. According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India stands 4th on Renewable Energy installed capacity (including large hydro), 4th in wind power capacity, and 4th in solar power capacity globally. Despite the progress made, there are still several challenges that need to be addressed in the renewable energy sector in India such as issues related to grid integration, transmission infrastructure, financing, policy, and regulatory frameworks, just transition, etc. However, the overall trend towards promoting renewable energy is positive, and India is likely to continue to play a significant role in the global transition towards a low-carbon future.
As part of the 11th edition of JSW – TOI Earth Care Awards, we will be conducting 3 panel discussion across various cities on multiple themes. 1st in the series is a high powered deliberation on Renewable Energy on the theme Energising Change: Pathways to Accelerate India’s Transition towards a Renewable Future”. We aim to bring together key stakeholders in the Renewable Energy space to discuss the potential and challenges towards achieving India’s sustainable development goals, and to identify the necessary steps to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy across the country. The discussions will seek to highlight actionable solutions and strategies that can help India harness the full potential of renewable energy and drive a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future for all.
Topics of Discussion
- What are the current opportunities and challenges in the Renewable Energy sector in India? How can we attain our maximum potential?
- What are the next steps/ immediate action areas to achieve these short-term targets over the next 7 years especially in the renewables space?
- What are the challenges in achieving “just transition” to renewable energy in India? How can we ensure equitable access to renewable energy?
- How can India leverage its potential in the renewable energy sector to create more employment opportunities? What are the barriers and how can they be addressed?
- How can the public and private sectors collaborate further to attain the country’s renewable energy goals while improving the accessibility and affordability of renewable sources?
Arun Mahesh Babu, IAS
Managing Director, Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd. & Managing Director,
Uttar Gujarat Vij
Deputy Secretary, Department of
Energy and Petrochemicals,
Govt. of Gujarat
Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki
Professor at IIT Bombay & Founder of Energy Swaraj Foundation (widely known as Solar Man of India & Solar Gandhi)
Senior Scientist, IPCC & Associate Professor,
Global Centre for Environment & Energy, Ahmedabad University
Who Should Attend:
Heads of Public and Private Companies,
Non-Government Organizations (NGOs),
Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
Date: May 18, 2023 (Thursday)
Venue: Courtyard by Marriott, Ramdev Nagar Cross Road, Ahmedabad
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm, followed by Lunch
|Panel Discussion | 18th May 2023 | Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad|
|10:00 am – 10:30 am||Registration and Networking|
|10:30 am – 10:40 am||
Welcome Address and Context Setting – Earth Care Awards
Rupa Dawane, Head- Water, Environment & Sanitation, JSW Foundation
|10:40 am – 11:00 am||
Gujarat Perspective – Spearheading India’s Renewable Energy Boom
Bhakti Shamal, Deputy Secretary , Department of Energy & Petrochemicals , Government of Gujarat
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||
Panel discussion on Energising Change: Pathways to Accelerate India’s Transition towards a Renewable Future
|12:00 pm – 12:15 pm||Networking Tea Break|
|12:15 pm – 01:15 pm||
6 Point Understanding of Climate Change & Corrective Actions
Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki, Professor at IIT Bombay & Founder of Energy Swaraj Foundation (widely known as Solar Man of India & Solar Gandhi)
|01:15 pm||Vote of Thanks|
Participation is subject to confirmation.