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How Should We Save Energy? Be "Energy Wise Energy Rise"

Energy consumption is one of the most pressing issues our society is grappling with today, owing to global energy crisis, climate change, and environmental degradation. Children represent tomorrow’s decision-makers and contribute to energy consumption in the present. There is a growing emphasis on promoting energy literacy through education and outreach initiatives through a variety of formal and informal settings. An energy-literate citizen can not only trace energy wastage and think in terms of energy systems, but also knows how much energy they use, for what purpose, and where the energy comes from. This makes it imperative to train schoolchildren, teachers, and parents to find ways to communicate about energy and energy use in meaningful ways so that they are able to make informed energy use decisions based on an understanding of impacts and consequences. 

The objective of such efforts is to cultivate climate/energy-literate individuals, who are capable of understanding, communicating, and making informed decisions about energy, weather, climate, their functions and impacts. With this in mind, India’s leading power distribution company BSES Rajdhani Power Limited and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), collaborated with the Directorate of Education, (DOE) Delhi, and launched a new energy education initiative called ‘Energy Wise Energy Rise’. This programme is designed to strengthen informal energy education training and project participation in Delhi government schools.

Through this initiative, TERI provides teachers, students, and families with resources to help them better understand energy concepts and the important role that energy plays in society. ’Energy Wise Energy Rise’ (EWER)promotes behavioural change and a better level of energy literacy among communities by creating awareness in the use of electricity in households, encouraging efforts to conserve energy, and discussing with them the overall environmental concepts to further motivate them to acquire electricity-saving practices. Accordingly, the main objective of this programme is to enhance energy literacy among future consumers and users, leading to a better understanding of the energy situation and in turn, support the national energy policy that is related to the energy conservation programme. The core of this programme is to leverage the children’s potential to influence their families by motivating them to adopt energy-efficient practices. 

Since its beginning in 2017, it has given students a unique platform, which not only works towards creating awareness of adopting a sustainable lifestyle, but also empowers them to learn new concepts on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and exchange innovative ideas on ways to tackle environmental issues, such as Delhi smog and air pollution. By the end of 2020, ‘Energy Wise Energy Rise’ programme aims to educate, train, and reach out to around 90,000 students in government schools, with the major focus on students of classes VI, VII, and VIII. The ultimate goal of this programme is to make students ‘learn by doing’. The programme focuses on empowering the next generations through distinct learning resources, classroom workshops, and project-based learning. The programme employs tools such as visual presentations and hands-on training, classroom workshops, and DIY projects that are designed to inspire children to translate ‘thought’ into ‘action’. To encapsulate all these learning modules, children are given a customized activity and knowledge book developed by TERI experts.

Dr Ajay Mathur, TERI’s Director General, while speaking on ‘Energy Wise Energy Rise’ programme said, ‘TERI being a global energy and sustainability think tank and BSES being one of the biggest energy service providers in the world, together, we represent a big collaborative commitment as part of SDG 7 of providing Affordable and Clean Energy to masses, through the project ‘Energy Wise Energy Rise’, especially when it is undertaken in a polluted megacity such as Delhi.’

Through such an initiative, BSES aims to highlight the impacts of best practices-based, energy-focused classroom training modules. ’Energy Wise Energy Rise’ attempts to create multilevel impacts by recognizing the following points:

  • Need to bring behavioural change among children by transforming their family’s traditional attitude towards use of electrical appliances
  • Attitudes and behaviours among children must be modified by specialized discourse and discussions on energy issues.
  • Need for customized knowledge resources for children on energy as their knowledge about electricity is mostly basic with very few of them being able to understand the relationship between electricity use and environmental issues.      

Reiterating the key deliverables of this campaign BRPL CEO, Mr Amal Sinha said, 'Being a pro environment organization, BSES not only supplies quality and reliable power to its consumers, but also takes a passionate view on energy conservation. We are of the firm belief that today; sustainability is no longer a choice but a necessity. Therefore, we are alive to the environmental impact of our actions and committed to sustainable growth.  Our mission is to deploy cutting-edge, eco-friendly technologies, and create a safe environment while ensuring the well-being of our employees and the communities around us.

In partnership with TERI, BRPL launched 'Energy Wise Energy Rise' (EWER) in 2018, a unique educational programme, which aims to stimulate minds on pressing issues facing the environment. Through initiatives like EWER, we at BSES, not only intend to promote ‘sustainable living’ amongst the present and future generations, but in fact, we want to go a step further and ignite in them, a passion for environmental conservation and climate change. This can translate into significant ground level actions on issues like reducing Delhi's alarming pollution levels. When we conceived EWER, little did we know that it would so enthuse the children and garner such a tremendous response. This enthusiasm from thousands of young minds is the power and inspiration behind EWER.'

   
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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013


The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at
http://www.csptoday.com/india/awards-index.php or by e-mail to [email protected]

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