Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2020

Eritrea, Saint Kittis sign ISA Framework Agreement

Two new countries Eritrea and Saint Kitts and Nevis have signed the International Solar Alliance’s (ISA) Framework Agreement at the second Assembly of ISA held in New Delhi. With this the total number of countries who have so far signed the ISA framework agreement have reached to 83.

About International Solar Alliance (ISA)

The ISA is an Indian initiative which was launched by the Prime Minister of India and President of France on 30 November 2015, in Paris, France, on sidelines of COP-21.  This treaty-based inter-governmental organization is an alliance of 121 solar resource-rich sunshine countries lying fully or partially between tropic of cancer and tropic of capricorn as prospective members. The ISA is now perceived as key towards achieving 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and objectives of Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Objectives: ISA aims to lower the cost of energy, increase investment in renewable energy, as well as train and share knowledge and technological know-how among the member countries. ISA’s overarching objective is to collectively address key common challenges to scaling up of solar energy in ISA member countries.

ISA Assembly: It is the supreme decision-making body of ISA. It gives directions on various administrative, financial and programme-related issues.

The second ISA Assembly was hosted by Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), and presided by MNRE Minister R K Singh who is also the President of ISA. Brune Poirson, the French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition is the current co-president of ISA. The first ISA Assembly was held in October 2018.

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MNRE to organise Global Student Solar Assembly

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in association with IIT Bombay, is organizing the Global Student Solar Assembly on 2 October 2019, to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as well as to promote the Gandhian idea of sustainable living.

For India fight against climate change is a matter of faith and commitment and thus the country has committed to reduce its carbon intensity by 33-35% by year 2030 as well as to install cumulative renewable energy capacity of 175 GW (by 2022) and 450 GW (by 2030).

About Global Student Solar Assembly

Objective: The Workshop aims to sensitize young minds about energy sustainability and environmental care.

Participants: The day-long event scheduled at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi will see participation of more than 10,000 students from across the institutions from National Capital Region (NCR) and Delhi. These students will be accompanied by their trainers who would provide them hands-on training on how to assemble their own solar study lamps.

The making of once own solar lamps, would introduce students to the concept of self-sufficiency (quality or condition of being self-sufficient), an idea that was so close to the heart of Mahatma Gandhi.

At the end of the event, all students will switch-on their self-assembled solar lamps in remembrance of Mahatma and will take pledge of non-violence towards the environment.

During this workshop, Two Guinness world records will be attempted by the students-

1) Sustainability lessons to the largest number of participants at a single place

2) Largest number of solar lamps lit together

Global Observance: In addition to the event at New Delhi, similar workshops will be organised in other Indian cities and also in foreign countries. This global event is expected to be joined by over 1 million students in 60 countries on a single day and the students will become Renewable Energy Ambassadors to carry the message green energy far and beyond.

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