New Delhi: Ministry of Power celebrated National Energy Conservation Day on Wednesday. On the occasion, the President of India Droupadi Murmu felicitated the winners of the 32nd National Energy Conservation Awards (NECA) and 2nd National Energy Efficiency Innovation Awards (NEEIA). The school children who are the winners of the national-level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation were also given prizes.
On the occasion, the President of India Droupadi Murmu launched 'EV Yatra' web portal and its mobile phone application for encouraging adoption of E-Mobility in the country.
Addressing the gathering, the President said that it is a top priority for all to ensure that future generations breathe in a pollution-free environment, progress well and live healthy lives. Breathing in clean air is a basic human right.
The President remarked that many human rights can be protected by protecting the environment and urged people to take it as top priority so that future generations can breathe pollution-free air. The President said that while facing the challenges of climate change and global warming, energy conservation is a global as well as national priority.
Although India's per capita carbon emissions and greenhouse gases emissions are less than one-third of the world average, India as a responsible country is contributing significantly in environmental protection, she noted. The President said that India, at the 26th United Nations climate change conference (COP-26), had given the message of 'Lifestyle For Environment' i.e. LiFE, urging the world community to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.
On this occasion Union Minister of Power, New & Renewable Energy RK Singh said that this year marks a decade of perform, achieve and Trade Scheme. This has resulted in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to the tune of 106 million tonnes per annum. He further stated that we have taken major steps for energy efficiency in the construction sector. We have put in place the energy conservation building code and the Eco Niwas; both will cover residential as well as commercial buildings, he added.
The function was held with stakeholders from various sectors across the country and the awardees of the painting competition gathered there to witness NECA-2022.
The NECA Awards were presented to the best performers from various sectors, including industries, transport, building, institution and appliances. The NEEIA Awards were presented to the innovator under the industry and transport categories.
Earlier, the State-level painting competitions on energy conservation were organised from November 14 to 20 across the country which culminated in a National Level Painting Competition on December 11, at New Delhi. This year, over 40 lakh children from across India participated in the Painting Competition in 2 groups i.e. Group A (8th, 9th and 10th Classes) and Group B (5th, 6thand 7th Classes).
Top 3 entries from each State/UT were selected for the National-level Painting Competition which was held in Noida (for Group A) and Gurugram (for Group B). The winners of the National-level competition were felicitated on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day.
Minister of State for Power & Heavy Industries Krishan Pal and Secretary (Power) Alok Kumar also graced the occasion.
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