Dr Jitendra Singh calls for promoting startups in building ‘carbon neutral’ buildings and linking them to industry to help India reach 500 gigawatts of non-fossil energy capacity by 2030

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Saturday called for promoting startups in ‘carbon neutral’ build buildings and connect them to industry to help India reach 500 gigawatts of fossil-free energy capacity by 2030, as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the COP26 meeting. Dr Singh was addressing as guest of honor at the Solar Decathlon India award ceremony. This is a joint India-US clean energy initiative.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Singh urged property developers, builders, industry and academia to find innovative and affordable solutions that fit India’s unique climatic zones and needs, to make in the face of extreme weather events and to reduce the risk to life and property.

Acknowledging that net-carbon startups have started to emerge rapidly in the Indian landscape, Dr Singh pledged full financial support from the Department of Science and Technology and at the same time urged companies to come forward with open arms. to adopt such companies, reads a press release from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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 Singh commended the participants and winners of Solar Decathlon India for undertaking real and living building projects and developing innovative solutions. He said Solar Decathlon India (SDI) was helping to develop the next generation of architects, engineers and contractors capable of delivering net zero energy buildings.

Dr. Singh handed out awards and walked through the poster session and interacted with the young innovators and their teacher mentors.

Dr Singh said: “India has developed 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. Singh informed us that Solar Decathlon India is a US-India collaboration under a Memorandum of Understanding between the India-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and the US Department of Energy. It is led by the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). Solar Decathlon India is supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Dwelling on the topic of Climate Change and Net-Zero: Challenges for the Building Sector, Dr Singh said that globally, the construction and operation of buildings accounts for 38% of total emissions of Energy-related CO2 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. 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 of a globally trained workforce that leverages cutting-edge technology and research and development. to develop innovative and impactful solutions.

Jennifer C. Burleigh