National Environment & Energy Development Mission.
National Environment & Energy Development Mission (NEED Mission) is a Vijnana Bharati initiative for India’s energy self reliance and environment sustainability through Orange Revolution, which was kick-started during Rashtriya Urja Jana-Jagriti Abhiyan in 2011.
Green Revolution, White Revolution, and now the Orange Revolution. All these colors together symbolize the tricolor flag of India. Being on the upper side of the tricolor, the Orange color symbolizes the Orange Revolution – a revolution for sustainability, which is very much needed now. Orange Revolution is about manifesting the collective vision of all stakeholders and addressing the whys, whats, whens, wheres, and hows in a holistic manner. It is about taking informed decisions, blending the priorities well, and the compromises that we need to make today.
The objectives of the NEED Mission is to foster innovation of technologies, find sustainable solutions on energy and bring together technologists, policy makers, commercial organizations and entrepreneurs to facilitate its implementation. India’s growing energy needs and its reliance on fossil fuel based energy sources is a threat to the energy security of the nation.
Substantial breakthroughs have happened in the area of renewable technologies – solar, wind and biomass are viable solution and can provide the required scale. Many policy initiatives (National Solar Mission for installing 20,000 MW of solar capacity by 2020) have been formulated, but large scale adoption of renewable energy (RE) solutions is yet far away. There are many pockets of success stories across the nation, but a comprehensive ecosystem to enable replication of these successful strategies is currently missing. A platform to bring together policy makers, financial institutions, technologists, entrepreneurs, NGOs, community leaders and government agencies is fundamental in creating the environment for large scale adoption. NEED Mission is visualised to address this gap.
In 2011-12, India was the fourth largest consumer in the world of Crude Oil and Natural Gas, after the United States, China, and Russia. India’s energy demand continued to rise inspite of slowing global economy. Petroleum demand in the transport sector is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years with rapid expansion of vehicle ownership. As per the 2011 Census, 44.7% rural households do not have access to electricity. However, NSS results shows that in the year 1993-94, 62% households in rural India were using kerosene as primary source of energy for lighting. Energy exploration and exploitation, capacity additions, clean energy alternatives, conservation, and energy sector reforms will, therefore, be critical for energy security.
NEED Mission envisages India’s economic growth and social transformation fuelled by sustainable and clean energy sources –development coexisting with Mother Nature. NEED Mission supports the vision of 50% renewable energy in India’s energy mix by 2030.
Creating awareness and educating communities on energy conservation, energy efficiency and use of alternate sources is also paramount in driving down the energy intensity (measure of energy required to create per unit of GDP) and optimising the per capita energy consumption. NEED Mission will focus on bringing together all walks of the society to enable an energy efficient future.
Rashtriya Urja Jana-Jagriti Abhiyan (RUJJA)
RUJJA, in its first phase started as a three tier program of events – the Urja Yatra from 12-27 January 2011, the 1st India International Energy Summit (IIES) on 28-30 January 2011 at VNIT Nagpur and an Energy Expo on 27-30 January 2011 also at VNIT Nagpur. It is organised by Vijnana Bharati in collaboration with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and co-organised by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India with the focal theme of ‘Sustainable Energy Development: time for innovation and integrated planning’.
The Urja Yatra started from 4 corners of India, crossed through18 States, covered 8000 kms and culminated at zero-mile, Nagpur, Maharashtra on 27 January 2011. The yatra discovered and highlighted many successful yet unsung experiments in sustainable energy in obscure pockets of India by conducting 254 public programmes in all.
IIES was hosted by Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur. It engaged the Government, industry, academia and other activists and was aimed at influencing policy making and program implementation processes in the country. The summit was a meeting of minds to exchange experiences and threw up fresh ideas through a number of papers by successful experimenters as well as researchers. A distinctive feature of this program was the institution of a mechanism to follow up the recommendations with various Government bodies and NGOs and continually assess the impact for ongoing course correction and innovation when required. The event programme included plenary sessions and panel discussions; parallel sessions; local self government’s meet; business to business and business to consumers meets; NGOs’ meet; students’ meet; nationwide renewable energy and energy efficiency competitions; and focused training workshops.
The Energy Expo was a visual treatise of strides the world has made in sustainable energy technologies and achievements that can be emulated and scaled up for benefit of the nation. It showcased the latest trends, technologies, and success stories in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy technology applications.
Urja India Magazine
Urja India, a quarterly magazine for students, discussing on technical topics in depth, policies, financial modelling, technology etc. Which will help to draw the attention of Indian youth to a much important and wide sector, having immense potential and job opportunities. It will focus, among other things, on the entrepreneurship development, creating Energicians and implementing solutions using renewable and energy efficient technologies.
This magazine was released by his Excellency Hon. Dr. A P J Abdul in a program at Kolkata. The magazine is aimed at reaching to 10,000 schools and 2000 colleges and 500 R & D institutions across India. Various sections of this magazine will discuss on technology, innovation, success stories, international developments, policies, tips and experiments, student’s forum etc., with reporting from the state correspondents bringing updates from different states.
Urja Wahini – the energy clubs
The Urja Wahini is envisaged as a ‘knowledge platform’ for generating awareness on energy-related issues among school children, teachers and parents. It will lay emphasis on incorporating modern technology solutions thereby giving hands-on experience.
The prime objective of energy club is to create energy awareness among students, teachers, and parents and protect the environment and conserve natural resources through their involvement. To make each student an Energy Manager and schools as Energy Management Centers. Create ‘Urja Rakshaks’, a youth force for protecting our energy resources and environment. Provide practical knowledge and hands-on experience through different experiments and activities