Indo-German Sustainability Center (IGCS)

The IGCS is widely interdisciplinary Academic-Industrial organization creating multifunctional programs in various domains for promoting sustainable development. The approach is to study and understand the problems related to sustainable development and climate change will find fundamental ways to prevent global challenges in the Energy and Water sector.

The energy and water represent the requisite asset for public health, economy, and maintaining the basic human living environment. Therefore, it is very crucial to develop and innovate effective methods of energy and water management especially in urban regions. A number of strategies are being adopted to manage and renovate the energy and water industry such as the development of a wide kind of renewable energy sources efficient electricity networks and wastewater treatment plants by making the effective use of information and scientific evidence available. This effort to create a lasting impact is done in collaboration between Indian and German researchers which also includes development and organization of various educational programs at different levels.

The educational programs are practical in nature where students are given a broad project in sustainable development solutions where students can design solutions which involves diverse people from different domains. This leads to advancements in various green start-ups and finding the loopholes in maintaining the continuity in the transaction of the technology in between individuals.

The impacts will be applied in many domestic, industries and commercial markets. A country like India, where most of the population is continuously growing and majorly shifting to urban areas and where the total population is going to surpass China, needs rapid development in the operational and sustainable infrastructure to ensure adequate and healthy water supply and cheap electricity to its citizens and maintain the harmony with the environment. I had the opportunity to attend the IGCS winter school back in 2015 where I was involved in learning problems related to water issues and possible solutions that can be developed in India.

There is growing pressure on energy and water resources globally which is further influenced by global political changes. The primary reason for failure to meet the basic needs of mankind is the imbalance between the human`s need and natural production. The problem comes along with frequent urbanization, disturbance in hydrological cycles and outbreak of many airborne and waterborne diseases. The quality of air is consistently degrading in big cities of India like Delhi and Mumbai.

IGCS brought attention to regulatory issues involved in sustainable water and energy management, such as globalization and privatization of water, conservation, and efficiency, illegal water connections, religious and conflict issues, the impact of changing climate change on water and air issues like irregular rainfall patterns and decreasing
green belt. Although, the incredible increase has been noticed in aforestation achieved with the efforts both public, private and nonprofit organization work.

On the other hand, the exploding urban population in India had led to some serious disasters such as floods and droughts, lack of access to safe water, decreasing organic content of the soil leading to poor fertility.

Underlying all these issues, the IGCS organization plans well-constructed programs which involve students and researchers from different domains like industrial engineering, biotechnology, architecture, chemistry, economics, etc to discuss and find the solutions for water and energy challenges. The roadway map of this program involves creating solutions for the management system to prevent the wastage of energy and water. With this roadmap, they have further created awareness at the student level who will take the practical solutions at a different scale. However, to develop a successful integrated system of water management requires the active involvement of water governing bodies ( local, state, national, and public-private relationships).

A few clear-cut benefits of having sustainable water and energy management systems in place are as follows:

  1. Significant reduction in the degradation of biodiversity, river ecosystem and air quality.
  2. Increment in carbon credits and the possibility of creating a carbon-neutral country.
  3. Development of better management infrastructure will reduce the operation and management costs of water and energy projects.

The ultimate mission of sustainable management is to make both rural and urban management more sustainable. All these considerations are very important for a country like India, which is going through a massive urban transformation. The program is adding significantly towards the advancements in technology, policies, academics, and cooperation between India and Germany.

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Location- IIT Madras, 2015
Released bulletin of the Program- http://www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/IGCS-Bulletin-Vol.-4-Issue-3-July-2015_final-3.pdf

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A biologist and A hiker

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