BENGALURU: “We are already in the energy revolution and its just that we are not recognizing it,” said Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, Centre for Science and Environment while talking on ‘Climate Change and Energy Transformation:The Road Ahead for India’ at the National Institute of Advanced Studies onJanuary 18,2017.
He mentioned the decision the countries of the world jointly took to keep the global temperature rise below two degrees and strive to keep it below 1.5 degrees if possible atUnited Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in 2015. But he pointed out that in the Indian context 1.5 degree was not a reality as we have already exceeded it.
Talking about the increasing temperature of the earth,he said that as the temperature of earth has increased , there has been an exponential increase in the number of Extreme Weather events and in the last 100 years it has increased by 170 times.
He spoke about the current trends in the area of energy production and consumption.The fall in the cost of renewable energy and energy storage, improving energy efficiency of appliances, replacement of fossil fuels by electricity,smart grid technology and the public demand for improved air quality were some of the trends that are driving changes and will lead to a revolution in the years to come.
He shed light on the viability of solar energy and predicted a revolution in the field that will render ignition based power generation obsolete. When asked if there was a downside of solar power, he said that land intensity is the only probable downside.