Wednesday Feb 08, 2023

[Podcast] GigaWhat: Clean energy waste – Mongabay-India

  • GigaWhat is a new podcast series discussing India’s transition from fossil fuel to clean energy sources.
  • In the first episode of this podcast by Mongabay-India, we address the management of waste generated in the pursuit of clean energy.
  • India aims to have half its energy requirements met by renewable energy by 2030. But there is no policy yet on disposing or recycling clean energy-related waste.

Where do solar modules go when they are no longer in use? What happens when a wind turbine finishes its lifecycle? Or an electric car battery stops working? 

The first episode of Mongabay-India’s new podcast series, GigaWhat, looks at this emerging waste management problem.

Contributing Editor, Mongabay-India and the podcast host, Mayank Aggarwal, speaks to experts in the industry to understand why this discussion about waste is vital at the start of the clean energy boom. Through conversations with Subrahmanyam Pulipaka of National Solar Energy Federation of India, Akanksha Tyagi of Council on Energy, Environment and Water, Kush Madan of UrSolar and Satish Sinha, of Toxics Link we get an insight into some of the biggest questions, challenges, and opportunities in India’s transition from fossil fuel to clean energy sources.

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Full transcript

You are listening to Everything Environment by Mongabay-India.

This is GigaWhat, a special podcast series, where we’ll explore some of the biggest questions, challenges, and opportunities in India’s transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources.

The world is looking towards the sun, wind and other alternatives for energy, and so is India, as a way to tackle climate change and other environmental issues. The sight of solar and wind farms, rooftops lined with solar panels, and electricity-powered vehicles might soon be common.

For our first episode, we begin at the end.

Where do solar modules go when they are no longer in use? What happens when a wind turbine finishes its lifecycle? Or an electric car battery stops working?

What happens to the materials that remain after a piece of equipment dies, breaks or malfunctions? In a world already staring at a giant waste management problem, where will all this new kind of waste go?

In this episode we will understand why this discussion about waste is vital at the start of the clean energy boom.

Subrahmanyam Pulipaka (SP): The best time to talk about PV waste was five years back. The second best time is now.

So how is India equipped to handle the remnants of this revolution, and what it needs to truly make this a clean journey?

Akanksha Tyagi (AT): No one in India is talking about it, we don’t have a regulation in place to manage the waste. So India is definitely not prepared at all, to tackle this humongous waste that we are looking at.

Mayank Aggarwal (MA): I’m Mayank Aggarwal, Contributing Editor at Mongabay-India. We are an online publication dedicated to bringing you stories on science and the environment in India. I’ll be your host for GigaWhat, our first podcast series ever. You can visit india.mongabay.com and explore the Clean Energy series too. You’ll find all links in the show notes.

We begin on the streets of Delhi, right behind the building …….

Source: https://india.mongabay.com/2022/02/podcast-gigawhat-clean-waste/

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