India needs to cut down emissions by 25 Giga Tons – says Dr G D Yadav

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One day workshop on Nano Structured Materials for Energy and Environment organized at Bharati Vidyapeeth

Pune : India needs to cut down emissions by 25 Giga Tons , said Padmashree Dr. G. D. Yadav, Chairman, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, Emeritus Professor of Eminence, Former Vice Chancellor, ICT Mumbai.

He was speaking as the guest of honour at the inauguration of one day workshop on Nano Structured Materials for Energy and Environment organized by Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), College of Engineering, Pune in association with Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Pune and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, Pune.

Speaking further he said during 2021 India emitted carbon dioxide upto 421 ppm in spite of having an economic standstill. Thereafter it emitted 40 Gega Tons of carbon dioxide which is a worrisome situation, he said. He said that in Paris agreement of 2015 we had committed that we will restrict the increase of temperature of globe upto 1.5 degrees Celsius or maximum 2 degrees Celsius, which implies that India has to cut down emissions by 25 Gega Tons. This indicates the dire need of energy source other than carbon but India is carbon based economy. India will have 49000 Tera watt hours of energy requirement by 2050 for 9 billion people, he said, and it will not be possible to cater such requirement based on carbon based energy and hence it nano materials can be an excellent alternative from energy and environment point of view.

Dr. Manikrao Salunkhe, Vice Chancellor, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed
to be University), introduced the exemplary research and contribution of Dr. G. D. Yadav. India is not ready to reduce the Carbon Dioxide emission, however in the process to reduce emissions jobs might be reduced. However finding alternative means of energy is important for sustainability.

Adressing the gathering, Guest of Honour, Dr B. B. Kale, Secretary, Maharashtra Academy of Science, Director General, Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Pune, said that energy and environment are of utmost importance today as both go hand in hand and it is high time that we focus on reducing environmental hazards and curtailing energy requirements. He mentioned that Nanotechnology is being used in several applications to improve the environment and to produce more efficient and cost-effective energy, such as generating less pollution during the manufacture of materials,producing solar cells that generate electricity at a competitive cost, cleaning up organic chemicals polluting groundwater, and cleaning volatile organic compounds from air.

Dr. Vidula Sohoni, Principal BV(DU)COE, mentioned the achievements of the institute in the fields of Nano Materials. She also welcomed the guests and participants and said that this kind of workshop is a scientific gathering for innovation and education and improves the networking of researches and academicians.

Also present for the inauguration were the speakers of the sessions Dr. S. H. Pawar, Former, Vice Chancellor, D. Y. Patil University, Kolhapur, Dr. Bharat B. Kale, Director General, Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C- MET), Secretary, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, Dr Sankhadip Das. Scientist, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. Of India, New Delhi. Mr. Rajendra Sharma, Managing Director, SPEL Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Pune, India, Dr. Sudhir S. Arbuj, Scientist, C-MET Pune

The program was hosted by Dr Sunita Jadhav, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Incharge R&D cell, BV(DU)COE, Dr Sachin Chavan, Convener and Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Sudhir Arbuj presented vote of thanks.