NIAS Wednesday Discussion: “Why India needs to focus on Nuclear Power in addition to Renewable Energy" by Dr. R Srikanth, 06 March 2019 at 4.00 PM, NIAS

Speaker:         R Srikanth
                        Professor & Dean, School of Natural Sciences & Engineering, NIAS
Chairperson:    M. Sai Baba
                          Principal Scientist, Energy and Environment Research Programme, NIAS
Date:               6th March 2019
Time:               4.00 PM
Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS
All are cordially invited
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Abstract: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) finalized by the United Nations (UN) includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets to measure the progress towards achievement of the 2030 Agenda.  The SDGs are integrated and indivisible and balance the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.  India has adopted the 2030 Agenda during the UN Summit held in September 2015 (United Nations, 2017). Specifically, SDG 7 is to: ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.’
Subsequent to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, India ratified the Paris Agreement on 2 October 2016 and has submitted it's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the period 2021–2030 (MOEF&CC, 2017; UNFCCC, 2015).
Affordable, reliable and modern energy services are crucial to achieving all of SDGs.  Therefore, Government of India (GOI) has initiated the 24x7 Power for All (PFA) program to supply uninterrupted quality power to existing consumers and to provide electricity access to all unconnected customers by 2019 in a phased manner.  The overriding objective of the PFA program is to achieve,‘24x7 Affordable and Quality Power for All’ (PIB, 2018a).  While GOI is giving a thrust to Renewable Energy (particularly, solar energy), it is also important to rapidly enhance nuclear power generation capacity in order to meet the SDGs and the NDCs in a cost-efficient manner.  This talk will explain the rationale for this and also indicate some recommendations for the way forward.
About the speaker: Dr. Srikanth is a Professor & Dean of School of Natural Sciences & Engineering at NIAS.  He graduated with a B. Tech. in 1984 from the Indian School of Mines and was awarded the ISM Gold Medal in Mining Engineering.  He worked in Coal India Ltd between 1984 and 1990 before joining the Pennsylvania State University where he completed his M.S. in Mining Engineering in 1993, and a dual Ph.D. in Mining Engineering & Operations Research in 1996.  His research on health and safety issues in high production coal mines was funded by US Bureau of Mines/NIOSH and has been published in peer-reviewed journals and NIOSH publications.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019