Utilization of renewable energy reduces the vulnerability of the communities to disasters as they operate even during extreme weather events and when grid is not connected, according to the special report on ‘Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) by IPCC.
Highlighting the outcomes of the query, the Climate Change Group, Solution Exchange,
UNDP, in a presentation said that global warming will increase the frequency and intensity of heat waves, droughts, floods and other extreme weather events in the coming decades. In a bid to reduce the disaster risk reduction, there is need to utilise the available renewable energy that could be managed effectively by local communities.
The report laid emphasis on enhancing involvement of youth in promoting alternative livelihoods by encouraging the use renewable energy technologies which would help enhance resilience and reduce vulnerability. It advocated for the need to enhance awareness regarding renewable energy technologies amongst school students and encourage youth in development, sale and deployment of renewable energy.
The report says that there is a need for grants, subsidies and soft loans to promote deployment of renewable energy technologies in India, and also link its usage with disaster risk reduction on a sustained and concerted basis. This should be undertaken through appropriate media including street plays, posters, films, advertisements etc. It is crucial to promote renewable energy as an integral component for any strategy being evolved for disaster reduction and disaster preparedness.