New Delhi: ReNew Power, India’s leading renewable energy company, has tied up with HSBC India to power 75 schools in Gujarat, Karnataka, and Rajasthan through solar energy and impart teachings on climate change and sustainability.
“The company has also decided to introduce a climate change and sustainability curriculum covering 35,000 children in these schools to educate children about climate change and its adverse impacts,” ReNew Power said in a statement.
“Under the programme, the company also decided to set up digital labs in each of the schools, with a total grant of ₹150 million (₹15 crore) for the entire project.”
Vaishali Sinha, chief sustainability officer, ReNew Power, said: “The program’s objective is to enhance access to learning, including digital education, and create practical awareness about the importance of fighting climate change for a better, greener and cleaner future for India. It will provide the children with better facilities for their modern educational needs.
“Educating young people about sustainability and climate change is key as they will be the future warriors against global warming and preserving our beautiful planet” she said.
Aloka Majumdar, head of the corporation sustainability, HSBC India, said: “Education is a critical enabler of the rural ecosystem. Our partnership with ReNew is a step towards building better infrastructure for schools by providing access to electricity through renewable sources.
“As part of our larger sustainability efforts towards enabling the energy transition and combating climate change, we’re excited about the prospect of introducing a sustainability- focused curriculum for students. We’re committed to furthering the energy shift to address multiple objectives of improving energy access for the population, enhancing quality of life, and conserving our natural resources” he said.
The initiative means a lot for helping India achieve the net carbon emissions to zero by 2070. At the Glasgow convention, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made the India’s commitment to neutralise carbon emission by 2070. To realize its emissions commitment, industry also needs to step up and youths should be sensitise about the importance of cutting down the carbon emission.