NEW DELHI, July 2: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said today that the government through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) will promote StarUps in construction of ‘carbon neutral’ buildings and called for linking them. StartUps with industry to help India achieve 500 GW non-fossil energy capacity by 2030 as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the COP26 meeting.
In his special address as the chief guest of the Solar Decathlon India Awards Ceremony, a joint India-US clean energy initiative, Dr. Jitendra Singh urged property developers, builders, industry and universities to find innovative and affordable solutions that fit India. climate zones and unique needs, cope with extreme weather events and reduce risk to lives and property. The minister reiterated that Prime Minister Modi has given full support to startups and even called on them to address the challenges facing the country, including the climate challenge.
Acknowledging that net-carbon startups have started to emerge rapidly in the Indian landscape, Dr. Jitendra Singh pledged full financial support from DST and at the same time urged companies to come forward with open arms to embrace such ventures. . He said that apart from clean and green buildings, focus on clean transport, solar powered water pumps and refrigeration, clean grid power supply, electric vehicles are some of the important areas for India’s cleantech ecosystem.
Acknowledging the challenge of developing net zero energy and net zero water, Dr. Jitendra Singh commended the participants and winners of Solar Decathlon India for undertaking real and living construction projects and developing innovative solutions. He said Solar Decathlon India (SDI) is helping to develop the next generation of architects, engineers and contractors capable of delivering net zero energy buildings.
Dr. Jitendra Singh handed out awards and toured the poster session and interacted with the young innovators and their teacher mentors. He said Solar Decathlon India is a unique annual challenge for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Indian colleges and universities to fight climate change by developing innovative, net zero energy and climate resilient solutions for the sector. construction in India.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, “India has crafted an ambitious plan to tackle climate change, one of the greatest challenges facing the global community. He said that at the recent COP26 meeting held in Glasgow, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi presented the Panchamrit Plan, India’s five-point climate action agenda. They include 500 GW by 2030, 50% of its energy needs from renewables by 2030, reducing projected total carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes by 2030, carbon economy by 45% by 2030, over 2005 levels and achieve net zero emissions by 2070.
Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that Solar Decathlon India is a US-India collaboration under a Memorandum of Understanding between the India-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and US Department of Energy, and is conducted by the Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) and Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS). Solar Decathlon India is supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
The Minister said: Solar Decathlon India is a unique initiative that creates a network of young professionals capable of innovating and implementing resilient net-zero energy buildings to combat climate change, as well as a network of faculty instructors who can guide innovation and mentor multi-disciplinary projects. In its second year alone, 1200 students representing 109 institutions from 42 different cities across India participated in the Solar Decathlon India program.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that DST is also playing an active role in the Mission Innovation program and has opened avenues of collaborative clean energy research with 25 countries and added that Solar Decathlon India teams, in partnership with builders and developers, can advance DST R&D and implement on real construction projects.
Dwelling on the topic of Climate Change and Net-Zero: Challenges for the building sector, Dr Jitendra Singh said that globally, the construction and operation of buildings accounts for 38% of emissions. total energy-related CO2 emissions that cause global warming. He said that India is experiencing a construction boom and almost 70% of the land area that India will have in 2050 will be new construction in the next 28 years. This represents a huge opportunity to make 70% of our buildings net zero by taking advantage of new technologies and encouraging the use of local and sustainable building materials, the Minister added.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed the meeting that the development of net zero energy and net zero water buildings is not easy and there is a need to bring together developers, builders, industry and academia to find innovative and affordable solutions that adapt to India’s climate. unique areas and needs, and addressing resilience. The Minister also stressed that we must foster innovation among our students and future entrepreneurs, and encourage our architectural and engineering institutions to adapt their curriculum and training to meet these challenges.
Dr. S. Chandrasekhar, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, said that Dr. Jitendra Singh had given the full mandate to DST for carbon capture and utilization. He described DST’s leadership role in energy efficiency, including supporting R&D on thermal comfort, energy-efficient cooling, daylighting, passive design, building automation and intelligent decision support systems.
Prasad Vaidya, Director of Solar Decathlon India, said: “With over 500,000 students graduating from construction industry courses each year and over 40 billion square meters of buildings to be constructed by 2050, India has a unique opportunity to aggressively decarbonize this new build and build a large stock of net zero buildings. Solar Decathlon India is the hub where this opportunity arises for the real estate industry to explore solutions to climate change with students and faculty, and apply the most feasible technologies and design innovations to their projects.
Dr. Nandini Kannan, Executive Director of the Indo-American Forum on Science and Technology, pointed out that Solar Decathlon India said: “Achieving India’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals will require the development a globally trained workforce that leverages cutting-edge technology and R&D to develop innovative and impactful solutions.