भारतीय लोक प्रशासन संस्थान
Building Capacity for Good Governance

Address of the Chairman

Distinguished Dignitaries, Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu ji, Hon’ble MoS (Independent Charge), Ministry of Power & New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shri R.K Singh, Dr. I.V. Subba Rao Secretary to Vice President of India, Director General, ISA, Shri UpendraTripathy, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Shri T.S Tirumurti, Secretary Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Shri Anand Kumar, Director IIPA, Mr. S.N Tripathi, Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Centre for Environment and Climate Change of IIPA is engaged in the capacity building of Indian officers in Management of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change. It is doing research and assisting some of states in improving their state action plan for Climate change. Hon’ble Vice President released a ‘Coffee Table Book’ on Sikkim of a Ministry of Environment Forest &Climate Change sponsored project being conducted by this Centre. I am happy that the Centre which works on different facets of environment, climate change, and sustainable development has been recognized by ISA and now they are developing expertise in one of very important area of Solar Energy. It is a happy moment to witness that IIPA and ISA are entering into a MoU which is christened as “i-Sun Cap” i.e. international Capacity Augmentation for the Sun Shine Countries. On this occasion blessings of Hon’ble Vice President, all concerned Secretaries of various Ministries, and Excellences from member countries will make this collaboration a grand success.

This leap would be boon for IIPA, as there would be ample exposure to the nuances in Solar Technologies which will then be disseminated to the several ITEC, Non- ITEC and Management Development programmes conducted by the Centre of Environment and Climate Change of the institute.

Solar Energy is the most promising channel which would help in achieving the ambitious goal of Nationally Determined contribution which includes reduction in the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 level that has been promised to the world by our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji. It is indeed a matter of pride for IIPA that we are partnering with ISA to contribute to materialize the dream of a low carbon energy regime for the developing countries.

The world is moving away from overwhelming dependence on fossil fuel. India too also pledged to increase the share of non-fossil fuels-based electricity to 40 per cent by 2030.Against an 88% total share of fossil fuels globally in the primary energy mix in the year 2005, the same fell to 86% in the year 2015. The share of Renewable Energy including nuclear and large hydro has gone up from 12.5% to14% in the period 2005-15. The above trends, principally owing to climate change concerns, are expected to be maintained. The sharp decline in the prices of solar technologies in the recent years by about 52% between 2010 and 2015 (in kWh terms), has led to a change in the relative importance of energy sources.

We, the Sun Shine countries are richly endowed with the above resource, and can harness it in an innovative manner to meet energy requirements at decentralized locations. The IIPA –ISA joining hands would be an enabler to create a vibrant solar related eco-system to meet customer demand, and offer satisfactory services for these technologies to achieve mass adoption.

I am sure that the association of IIPA and ISA will go a long way to reach out to the ISA Member Countries. I wish the 24th SUN MEET and i- Sun Cap all success.