The Centre for Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS), School of Physics, University of Hyderabad (UoH) and the Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI) organizing a 2-day workshop on “Climate Change & Clean Energy” during December 18-19, 2023 at Padmashree B. P. Radhakrishna Conference Hall, CEOAS, University of Hyderabad.

The recent Climate change signifies the persistent shift or modification in global or regional climate patterns, predominantly denoting the escalation in global temperatures. This phenomenon poses a significant threat to both natural and human systems, as well as economic and infrastructural elements. Embracing innovative technologies becomes paramount in mitigating these climate change impacts. Renewable energy sources emerge as a pivotal avenue in combating climate change, reshaping the energy sector significantly. This workshop aims to raise awareness about climate change across diverse sectors and underscore the influence of clean energy in mitigating its effects.

The Chief Guest for the inaugural ceremony was Shri. N. Janaiah who is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd. (TSREDCO), Energy Department, Govt. of Telangana. In his inaugural address, he briefed about the initiatives by the Govt. of Telangana, with respect to Energy conservation and energy transition activities. He highlighted the nation’s goal of achieving 175 GW of renewable energy by 2030 was met by the year 2019 itself. He emphasized the importance of “One Family, One Nation, One Earth” for achieving the climate goals. The need to educate the citizens about environmental protection and sustainability, alternate energy systems and to attain net zero carbon emission was also conveyed.

The Honourable Vice Chancellor, Prof B. J Rao delivered the presidential address highlighting the all-pervasive climate change and the contribution of human drivers in damaging the environment. He pointed out how our nation as a developing country is both the driver and the victim of climate change. The necessity of conscience change in the citizens was also emphasized by him to start with the conservation of energy in our day to day lives. He also stressed that the end goal of the workshop should be aimed at taking action in these areas and even aid in bringing about policy changes along with the help of the collaborations.

Prof. KC James Raju, Dean School of Physics and Prof. M Jayananda, Head Centre for Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences also addressed the participants and emphasized on the transition to energy efficient ways on an individual level, and briefed about the school and Centre activities. The Convener, Dr. G. Kishore Kumar (UGC Assistant Professor) welcomed the participants and briefed them on the workshop.

The workshop is being organized in a hybrid mode, delivering lectures on the topics of global sustainability in the context of climate change, the causes and contribution of natural and anthropogenic climate change and the potential of renewable energy, etc. More than 70 participants joined the workshop from various institutes across Hyderabad.