World Environment Day today – June 5 – marks three years of the launch of Green Initiatives Drive of Indian Navy (IN).
The past three years have seen a unified approach by rank and file in Indian Navy towards pursuance of green goals.
The energy optimisation measures in IN cover its entire spectrum – operations, infrastructure, and maintenance. Concerted efforts are being undertaken to reduce energy use (both electricity and fuel) through self-driven conservation measures.
In addition to Smart LED Street Lighting in Naval stations, conventional lighting on operational platforms is also progressively migrating to LED lighting, which signifies the scope of policy outreach. Further, fuel optimisation measures have been enforced onboard ships without compromising on the operational objectives.
With innovation driving military technology, a maiden attempt has been made towards use of Renewable Energy onboard a naval platform, with solar panels fitted on top of Helo Hangar of one of the ships towards producing electricity for battery charging.
According to a government statement, the initiatives taken in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ across various Naval establishments have also started yielding tangible results.
Impetus is being afforded to ensure that pollution is kept minimal in India’s harbours and seas. Effluent Treatment Plants to neutralize toxic wastes prior to their discharge, use of oil skimmers, floatsam collection / disposal through Sullage Barges and induction of equipment which enable compliance to IMO norms though not mandated for men-of-war is being ensured for the purpose.
The World Environment Day 2017, with the theme of ‘Connecting People to Nature’ further gives an opportunity to all echelons to join hands and consolidate their efforts in pursuit of care for the environment.
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