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InSPIRE (Inclusion in Smart City Planning of India of Renewable energy and Energy efficiency), 2017 got kick started on 25thMarch, 2017at Dept. of Chemical EngineeringIIT-BHU, Varanasi, India. This exclusive conclave was the 2nd edition of the event organized by IIT-BHU along with Indian Biogas Association (iba), in support of Bioenergy Development Board, UttarPradesh, India.The mentioned event is one of first kind in India, whichintends to explore the role ofRenewable energy along withEnergy efficiency in Smart city.

The event focused on achieving more efficient, coherent and coordinated actions towards increasing renewable energy access, ensuring energy efficiency and ensuring women safety for development of Smart City. To highlight a few, specific topics such as Smart and Good People for sustainable development,Innovative MSW Management in Indian cities, Need for Waste to Energy, Kisaan Chaupaal for Biogas was reflected by a line-up of high-level speakers: Padma Shree.Janak P Mcgillan(Social Worker),Mr. Deepak Gadhia (Social Entrepreneur, Muni Seva Ashram), Dr. Ramesh Jalan(Advocate, UNDP), Dr. Ajay Chandak (Promoters, Researchers & Innovators in New & Clean Energy), Prof P.K Mishra(HOD, IIT-BHU), Dr. S.N Upadhay (IIT-BHU), Dr R.P Verma (Ex Director, HPCL), Dr. M.R Nouni(Senior Advisor, NISE, MNRE),and Mr. Gaurav Kedia (Chairman, IBA).One importantobjective of this event was to emphasise upon best practices and updated knowledge on energy efficiency and clean energy participation for Smart city development.The proceedings of the conclave will directly benefit the decision-makers in various governmental organizations, including investors, private sector, and NGOs.

The event attracted aspiring entrepreneurs, environmental enthusiasts, research scholars, academics, NGOs, government bodies(centre, state and local), and the young students of the Institute. To outline few of the crucial outcome of the event; it paved the way to lay a road map on important decisions related to Smart city’s inclusion of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,private sector participation in such development, taking cues from well planned development model in western countries,expanding the ambit of the program to build smart villages, and women safety. Overall, the eventseemed to be instrumental in effectiveplanning and implementation of Smart Cities, a GOI initiative.

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