Fourth TILA International Conference on Energy (TICE) focussed on strategies to make “Right to Energy” and “Energy Revolution” possible in the near future.
Rao Narender Yadav / New Delhi
Policy makers, industry experts and representatives of multilateral forum strongly pitched for “Right to Energy” in the 4th TILA International Conference on Energy (TICE) organized at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on April 15th 2019. Attended by more than 400 delegates from across the globe, the conference aimed at bringing into perspective the energy challenges across the globe and to develop a constructive strategy to make “Right to Energy” and “Energy Revolution” possible to the maximum extent.
The conference was inaugurated by Mr. Upendra Tripathy, Director General, International Solar Alliance (ISA) and former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. In his inaugural address Mr. Tripathy gave his support to “Right to Energy” campaign and called it a fundamental right for all. He cited a World Bank report and shared that by 2040 more than 600 million people across the globe will be without access to any energy sources. He emphasized that energy revolution must have three components i.e Speed, Scale and Skills. Pointing towards the urgency of the issue, he said that ‘climate challenge’ demands timely action.
Convenor of the international conference and senior advocate, Mr. Raj Singh Niranjan said that ‘Energy Revolution” is the need of the hour and we must make concerted efforts to enforce “Right to Energy”. He also briefly shared about the work done by Dr. Gopal Energy Foundation (DGEF) since inception and the outcomes of previous TICE conferences.
Speaking in the inaugural session, Mr. Jatindra Nath Swain, Managing Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India, emphasised that while technology in this sector is changing rapidly but the challenge is how we create appropriate institutions to ensure energy transition takes place smoothly. Ms. Surbhi Goyal, energy expert from World Bank, said that energy access results in shared prosperity. “While the sector has been leapfrogging during the last two years, but we also need to focus on the sustainability factor as well as on environmental challenges like large scale e-waste generation from solar panels and batteries.” She also emphasized on the need to have better standards and quality mechanisms in place.
The deliberations during the day-long conference focused on a range of issues including ways to provide energy access to all thereby ending ‘energy poverty’ in the coming future, identifying key challenges in the energy sector and solutions to address them, de-risk investments in energy sector, reducing the risk of investment in renewable energy projects as an important step of de-carbonizing energy systems to prevent climate change, land acquisition for energy projects, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 and its implications on energy companies, dispute resolution etc.
The conference was organized by Dr. Gopal Energy Foundation (DGEF) , a non-profit premier organization serving the International Community in the disciplines of power sector, Petroleum & Energy Gas, Coal, Nuclear and Renewable Energy Sector. International Energy Conference is a flagship, annual event of DGEF. The conference was attended by senior bureaucrats, policy makers, industry experts and representatives of several global institutions like World Bank.