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Ulster Experts Advise Indian Government on Energy Efficiency Policy

27 October 2010

A team of researchers from the University of Ulster are visiting Delhi this week to help advise the Indian government on the way forward for policy on renewable energy. 

Professor Alastair Adair, Ulster Pro Vice Chancellor and Dr Anil Kashyap from the School of the Built Environment are taking part in the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010.  

Hosted by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the three-day event will focus on the theme of up-scaling and mainstreaming renewables for energy security, climate change and economic development. 

It is the fourth in a series of global ministerial-level conferences on renewable energy, which follows from the initiative taken at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, acknowledging the significance of renewable energy for sustainable development.  

Professor Adair and Dr Kashyap will be developing research which they have undertaken with Professor Jim Berry and Professor Stanley McGreal from the School of the Built Environment to formulate recommendations for policy makers in India on energy efficiency in regeneration and new developments which is funded by Office of Innovation under Research Impact Award 2010.

“DIREC 2010 is an international platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy,” explains Dr Kashyap. 

“With more than 9,000 delegates and over 250 speakers from more than 50 countries all over the world, this conference is expected to be the most significant event on renewable energy ever held in India. 

“With attendees including the President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, as well as Energy Ministers from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Egypt, Uganda, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, this event will enable us to interact with high level policy decision makers before finalising the recommendations of our research.”

Professor Jim Berry, added: “This is a very timely conference and an excellent platform to promote the leading research ongoing within the School of the Built Environment on the interrelationships between urban regeneration, climatic change and energy efficiency and the need for institutional cooperation, integrated land use and energy policy in India.”  

The Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 takes place from 26 – 29 October. For further information visit: .