Tackling India's Pollution Crises, Climate Commitments & SDGs Together
Our very own premier institute the IIT Bombay's Assistant Professor Vikram Vishal has refined carbon capture and storage technology – pumping pressurized GHGs into a coal bed that will absorb and trap the GHGs. There are many such carbon trapping technologies being piloted and experimented with across the globe yet the most efficient carbon sinks are our forests, soils and cooler oceans. Preserving our forests and adding to urban tree cover (Afforett, Shubendu Sharma of Bengaluru) as well as traditional reforestation generating income for the forest- and forest-edge-dwelling communities rather than Coal, Oil & Gas exploration in formerly pristine virgin forests and ecological sensitive zones make both economic, social and ecological sense. Finally when tackling the solid waste management problem, landfills, plastic pollution and its pollution and encroachment of water bodies and oceans as well as the ever increasing prices of fuel the obvious solution is Waste to Energy (WtE) technology. Divya Priya and Ramya Selvaraj from IIT Madras have developed a mobile solar powered plastic to diesel-like fuel converting pyrolyzer. In the short term such technology can provide relief to those burdened by the fuel price hike while also creating income for the municipal workers handling waste. Segregated plastics can be tackled like this and instead of thermal power Waste to Energy incinerator stations can help tackle the solid waste problem as well as the grid’s power shortfall in the short term while it is optimized for a larger proportion of electricity generated from clean & renewable sources. Sweden and even Singapore have successfully harnessed the power of efficient incineration technology to tackle the waste problem as well as generating power from it (in the case of Sweden). The path to prosperity for all Indians is with access to clean and affordable energy access and an environment that sustains a healthy life. Renewable Energy is the one-stop solution to multiple problems and our young Indian innovators have demonstrated that they are already finding credible solutions to these problems in their various pilot projects and green energy start-ups.
INDIA’S YOUNG CLIMATE HEROES: #EFI #ArunKrishnamurthy #IndianSuperHeroes #DivyaShetty #VishnuVardhan #IITBombay #VikramVishal #Afforest #ShubhenduSharma #AvantGardeInnovations #ArunGeorge https://t.co/1Ou9Xm4dH7— Raakhee Suryaprakash (@10sunshinegal) March 11, 2018