In this seventh edition of the Renewable Energy (RE) newsletter, RE team brings you the research findings on social and environmental impact of renewable energy. Though renewable energy projects have lower environmental impact as compared to fossil fuel, they do have negative impacts if installed in ecologically sensitive areas without adequate safeguards. Taking cognizance of this fact, the renewable energy sector is in need of mandatory norms and regulations for sustainable growth.
Green Norms for Green Energy
CSE's Renewable Energy team organised a one day conference on ‘Green Norms for Green Energy’ on May 9th, in New Delhi. The meeting discussed the need for increase in renewable energy capacity in the country while creating safeguards to avoid negative environmental and social impacts. It was attended by participants from across the country including NGOs, researchers and other stakeholders.
Our key focus was on small hydro power and wind power. The discussions centred around diversion of long stretches of rivers, fragmentation of forests due to linear intrusion, rapid diversion of several hectares of forest land, and regulatory loopholes. The participants concluded that there is a need for impact assessment and regulations to minimise environmental impact.
CSE also released a draft EIA manual for wind power seeking comments and suggestions from the participants. This would help us in incorporating the views and suggestions of wide range of stakeholders and taking it forward to make EIA for wind power a part of government regulation.