6:30 PM: Welcome & Reception
7:00 PM: Address by the author, Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman & CEO - ReNew
7:10 PM: Keynote Address by Shri R.K. Singh ji, Hon’ble Minister for Power & New and Renewable Energy
7:20 PM: Unveiling of the edition of 'Fossil Free: Reimagining Clean Energy in a Carbon Constrained World
7:30 PM: Panel Discussion on ‘Road Ahead for India’s Decarbonization Journey’
8:10 PM onwards – Dinner
We are grateful to the Hon’ble Minister for accepting the invitation to join the launch event and deliver the Keynote Address on the topic 'Road Ahead for India's Decarbonization Journey’. This note provides more information on the original book and its updated version, the flow of the event and suggested speaking points for the Hon’ble Minister’s Keynote remarks. A pre-release copy of the book will also be sent for the Hon’ble Minister’s perusal.
"Fossil Free" provides a concise introduction to the journey, successes, and challenges of India’s energy transition. It covered Sumant Sinha’s reflections of over more than a decade in the energy sector, setting out opportunities emerging from electrification, renewable energy growth, smart grids, and electric mobility, among other areas. The book delved deep into companies and business models that have emerged in India in response to changing technology and the energy transition. It outlines ways to capitalize on these trends, to create a ‘carbon-light playbook’ for the country. The book has become a bestseller on Amazon.
The last two years saw big, unimaginable events like the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia Ukraine war. The updated edition version of Fossil Free captures the changed contexts, motivations, pace and players in the clean energy industry as a result of these big events.
It reflects on the deft handling of the situation, particularly by the Government of India to deal with the crises and maintain the earlier momentum. It also includes a new chapter on hydrogen, an opportunity that has risen up rapidly as a key tool to achieve decarbonization.
This version comes with translations into Hindi and Gujarati, for broader audience reach.