Renewable Energy for Ensuring Quality
Life—The Clarion Call of the Day

(Dr.  KM George, President Sustainable Development Forum—Think Tank; Email

 A bell is  not  a bell  unless   you  ring it…..

A song is not  a  song  unless    you tune it…..

Quality is  not quality, unless   you  perceive it  every day.

“The world needs to go much further and faster in combatting climate change. Beginning this journey to a greener future is not easy, but we cannot avoid tough choices. We  must reject the false choice between preserving the economy and protecting the environment.”


Energy is ameans toaccess  ourbasic needs.  It  is  essential  to harness    food,  water, etc,  for  our easy    living by augmenting  its optimum  utilization. We  all share  the same air  and water. The World Summit on Sustainable Development ( WSSD) reconfirmed  the  link between access  to energy and  poverty   alleviation. The JohannesburgPlan of Implementation ( JPI) on Sustainable  Development came from the  WSSD among others, stressed on  global inequalities,  loss of biodiversity and climate change.JPI  called upon  to improve access to  affordable, adequate, reliable and  appropriate energy  sources  and technology  for   sustainable development.

There  is  some kind  of  glaring inequality in the   consumption  of  energy. While  developed  countries  account  only for  20  percent  of the  world  population, their  energy  consumption is more than  50  percent  of the  global  figure. This must  open the eyes of policy  thinkers and  decision makers.

Improving  quality  of  life, among others,  depends on the  access  to clean energy. Theincreased  demand  for  fossil  fuel is linked  to the   depletion of natural  resources resulting in   higher emissions of  carbon . Itis  asure recipe  for  environmental  devastation. As such the onlyway-out  for  the  global  good is  to  go  for  renewable  energy  as  a long  term  solution. Natural Renewable Energy Laboratory of  the  USA (  NREL) is working on generating 80  percent   of the  electricity   from renewable  sources   by  2050. This offers some ray of hope for the  planet and  the  posterity  at large.

The major types of  renewable  energy are  form  solar, wind, hydroelectric,  ocean, geothermal, biomass and  hydrogen.

Having said  so,  what is  the way forward?Let  us  briefly  examine  it.

The Way Forward—Action Plans

Since  1995,  countries  bound by  the  UNFCCC met  regularly, save  2020 due to the  covid -19   pandemic. Despite  all its  flaws,  COPS play a crucial  role in  a process  that  is historic and vital. However, to  duck  the  responsibility of planning  a transition  to  renewable  energy is  rank  cowardice.

To  combat  the challenges of  climate  change, we must  resort to multiple  ways. It must  be  done  surely under  the  UNFCCC.

There  are  a  few   questions   which are  to be  answered  by the  UNFCCC.Like Minded Developing Countries (  LMDC)  say  the  climate  finance should be at least  $ one  trillion  to    salvage  the  situation. Again,  strict monitoring of  climate finance must be in  place  as done  in the  case of  monitoring  of mitigation. 

Efforts must be in place to rope in effectively the  Third World Net work ( TWN).

Despite the irrefutable evidence of emissions, developed countries may not impose any punitive taxation on their citizens  for  climate  reparations.Hence  a  quicker  shift  to renewal energy sources   may be made by enabling  greater sharing of  technology. It must be affordable  and user-friendly to all.

Renewable   energy  must get  political resonance  in the Less Developed  Countries.  Unlessit  appears  on the  political  and  electoral  platforms, the  push away  form  fossil  fuel will remain only  a bite  without teeth  and   a smoke   without  fire.

The Paris Agreement,  a treaty  signed in 2015,  exhorts countries  to strive  to curtail  emissions  that would keep temperatures from rising  over 1.5  degree  Celsius by  2100. This means  significant  adaptation  to Renewable  energy, cutting down global  emissions by as much as 45  percent by  2030  and zero emissions by  2050.

   Policy makers must  focus  on green  energy more than  ever  after  the recently held COP 26  in Glasgow. They need   a kind of system thinking to do things differently and holistically. Let us remind  ourselves that  the only choice before  us   is co-existence  or  co-  extinction. Let us make no mistake  in our  understanding.

   Public==Private==NGO partnership must  be  accorded  top  priority  to embrace   renewable  energy   propagation  on war footing.

 Concerted efforts are  needed  for  a long term  solution expeditiously to shift  to renewable  energy regime due to  various  exigencies  .  Schools and colleges along  with  hospitals and  hostels must switch  to roof top solar energy systems in a phased manner,  so that by  2030  there  must  be a  discernible  flood  of solar  energy everywhere.

   Liberal economic incentives must be  offered to  all those who switch over to green energy by  the  COP  member  governments to make  it a  workable and  attractive proposal so that  people  compete  with one another  to  partake in this on  a  competitive  spirit.

 Failure to provide  critical  adaptation  finance and  the  measurement of  the  extent of loss  caused  by  climate  change with respect to lives and livelihoods is  unfair immoral  by any  standards. Here again, it underlines the unequivocal and  compellingimportance of going for renewable  energy to ensure  better quality of life  for  all living  beings on this  planet.

 Let  us    have some  flash back   on the  recently  concluded  COP26. “The mood darkened further after the final wording of the Glasgow Climate Pact on Sunday saw India and China successfully water down a pledge to “phase out” fossil fuels, replacing that wording with the more ambiguous “phase down.”

“Phasing ‘down’ coal? Really?” Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, an island country lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean,told by phone this week. “This should have been about phasing out. The very language they are using shows us that they are trying to game the system. For us in the Caribbean, in the Pacific Ocean, this is imperilling our very existence.”

  Coal must get the final phase out and its decent   burial with an eloquent requiem once for all.


Mr.Chairman sir, now let me  draw  this to  a conclusion.

I came, I saw and  I am conquered!

Winner we think, yes   winner  we become.

Together we form the garden.

The future beckons, shall we faulter?

Thank you— thank   you—Thank   you—

Acknowledgments  :

 I am indebted  to my  colleagues  Dr.  KPP Nambiar, Mr.  Unnikrishanan Nair  CK and  Miss Pavithra  for  their  kind  and  candid  support in formulating  my  thoughts.

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