“India Port” The World’s First Green Port

Green energy remains a high priority on the list of the majority of countries, worldwide, according to the much acclaimed international body of climate discussion, The 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, abbreviated as COP21, that took place in Paris late 2015; thus, also known as Paris 2015. The convention resulted in over 200 nations pledging to be held accountable to the international agreement to curb man-made Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions that could snowball global warming beyond the 2-5 degree threshold, i.e., scientifically perceived as the point of no return in terms of reversing global temperature by man power. If that day comes, science warns we can expect to see more than half of existing species and organisms come to extinction as a result of unbearable temperatures, floods, droughts, wildfire, and massive thunderstorms from disrupted balances as well as widespread diseases. Thus, the end of an era of thriving and the beginning of an era where we get busy surviving as a sole purpose of living. All because we can’t stop purchasing polluting toys. That’s a pretty childish cause for a civilisation. While conscious consumers go with, e.g., a Prius, instead of a gas-guzzler in the same price range, sadly, less than 2% are cognizant of the compounding ecological apocalypse. Consumption power, nevertheless, determines how we shape the contours of century like no other.

And it’s India to the rescue! Aside from The Amazing Dabbawallahs’ Zero-Footprint Delivery System for 5 Pounds A Month, the world’s second most populous country with approx. 800 dialects and the world’s fourth largest economy by purchasing power – has announced a plan to commence 12 green ports with an designed infrastructure tailored to clean energy from renewable sources.  In effect, India is set to be the first country to power its ports with green energy via solar and wind. 

The Indian government plans to install 200 megawatt solar and wind plants at the ports by 2019.  More than 75 percent of the total output is to be generated via solar panels, with the remainder via wind farms. It is believed that capacity could be expanded to 500 megawatts in the following years.

Such renewable energy projects are supposed to help India reduce carbon emission and lead to environmental development and green environment around the ports despite intensive investments estimated around USD 77.6 million.  The reduction of carbon emissions and the cost of power purchase for the ports reflects the government’s policy in support of renewable energy.  Wind turbine generators will be installed at the three main ports comprising Kandal, VO Chidambaranat and Kamarajar Ports, with combined capacity of approx. 70 megawatts, which could help reduce the cost of power purchase to operate the ports.

With the completion and smooth implementation of the projects, we should definitely see many more countries following suit as regards investments in green ports as well as green supply chain.  This together with our joint effort should – to a certain extent – help alleviate the problems caused by climate change we are facing today. Thank you Mr. Dabbawallah and another big raise the roof for India!

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