India is taking a number of green initiatives and switching to renewable energy for its upcoming major projects. Trade ports and railway stations are smartly and creatively being developed to minimise carbon emissions, making the country a fast-growing green energy consumer. The country is also receiving aid from its international associates such as France, who are helping it achieve its ambitions.
Currently, India is largely dependent on fossil fuel imports to meet its energy demands, with about 70% of its electricity generation coming from burning them. Fuel imports are costing to the country and has a huge amount in terms of its valuable foreign capital which can be constrained if the needs are met by renewable energy. Switching to clean energy sooner rather than later would also bring India closer to its target of generating renewable energy of 175 gigawatt (GW) by 2022.
With its targets, India aims at producing and achieving enough renewable energy for its consumption. It is only second to China in green energy goals and has come up with various initiatives across sectors, to realise its ambition and gradually rise from its current base of 60 GW.
The country is taking various initiatives to make a switch in various fields, in order to rely more on renewable energy. With multiple projects in the pipeline and treaties like the International Solar Alliance (ISA), it is also showing its capability in producing green energy and leading others.
As a proactive institution concerned with the conservation of the environment, the Centre for Green Initiatives was established in the institute with the objective of creating awareness and promoting environmental protection at both individual and community level. The centre aims to create a prevalent atmosphere facilitating conversation, action and feedback on environmental issues engaging faculty, students and the general public.
The Institution is housed in a sprawling pollution-free campus of 17 acres and is well connected by air, rail and road. The institute campus is adjacent to Nehru outer ring road (ORR) close to Dundigal junction exit, making it accessible to several important centers in and around the city. The Campus is situated 20 Km away from Secunderabad railway station and 11 Km from JNTUH University, Kukatpally, in a lush green and pollution free environment.
The significant initiatives implemented at institute are:
All the institute is eco-friendly and landscaped with extensive gardens, Plantation with recycled water. The entire university campuses are maintained as non-smoking zone.
The total area of IARE is 28381.87872 m2. Out of which the built-up area (include Roads) is 30% (i.e 8,514.563616 m2) and plantation area is 70% (i.e. 19,867.315104 m2).
The area is immensely diverse with a variety of tree species performing a variety of functions.
Most of these tree species are planted in different periods of time through various plantation program organized by the authority and have become an integral part of the institute. The trees of the institute have increased the quality of life, not only the institute fraternity but also the people around of the institute in terms of contributing to our environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conservation of water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife, controlling climate by moderating the effects of the sun, rain and wind. Leaves absorb and filter the sun’s radiant energy, keeping things cool in summer. Many spices of birds are dependent on these trees mainly for food and shelter. Nectar of flowers and plants is a favorite of birds and many insects. Leaf – covered branches keep many animals, such as birds and squirrels, out of reach of predators. (Ref. taken from Green Audit Report of the Institute).
After collecting the waste from all around the institute, waste segregation has been done into dry waste and wet waste. Dry waste includes paper, cardboard, glass tin cans etc. Wet waste on the other hand, refers to organic waste such as vegetable seeds, left-over food etc. Separating waste is essential as the amount of waste being generated today causes immense problem in future. The material was composted and evaluated as a fertilizing material. Composting of these waste resulted in the production of good quality materials that can be used as soil amendments and source of plant nutrients.
The biological reusable waste generated are processed as organic manure for the plants available in the campus and the other solid waste generated in the campus is taken to the community bin of Dundigal Municipality for recycling and disposal.
The Institute guarantees that the water wastage is limited at an ideal dimension and the flawed taps and pipes are under normal check and subsequently no loss of water is watched, neither by any spillages nor by flood from overhead tanks. The institute has actualized water reaping (RWH) inside its grounds for putting away and reuse of water in all building’s blocks of the institute.
160 KW solar power plants have been setup on the top of the Bhardwaja Block. Electricity bill and emission of CO2, SO2, SPM has been reduced by using solar power plant. Moreover, many solar energy related student projects have been undertaken in Thermal and Electrical Engineering programs.
Campus cleaning day is followed periodically with about 200 students participating as part of awareness creation.
Environmental Awareness Program is conducted on biodiversity conservation, vermicomposting, land degradation and drought awareness to public including local villagers in Dundigal village, Medak district by student and staff volunteers.