BEWARE OF FAKE INSTITUTES WITH SIMILAR NAMES. blank    blank
banner

India's solar waste issue



  Mar 22, 2024

India's solar waste issue


1. How much solar waste is India expected to produce?

The CEEW study estimates that India could generate 600 kilotonnes of solar waste by 2030. To put this in perspective, that's the equivalent of 720 Olympic-sized swimming pools. By 2050, the waste could grow to a staggering 19,000 kilotonnes.
 

2. Why is solar waste a concern?

● Solar panels contain potentially hazardous materials, which could pose environmental risks if not managed responsibly.
● The sheer volume of waste could add strain to landfills and waste disposal systems.
● India's rapid solar expansion raises concerns about resource depletion and creating a new kind of waste problem while trying to address climate change.
 

3. What valuable components can be recovered from solar waste?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) materials contain critical minerals like cadmium, tellurium, silicon, and silver. India depends heavily on imports for these minerals.
 

4. How can recycling solar waste benefit India?

Reduce import dependency: Recycling solar waste decreases India's reliance on imports of critical minerals, boosting resource security.
Environmental protection: Repurposes materials and prevents hazardous substances from entering the environment.
Circular economy potential: Creates a sustainable model for resource use and economic opportunities in the recycling sector.
 

5. What challenges does India face in establishing a solar waste recycling industry?

Nascent technology: Solar recycling technologies are still developing, and India will need to invest in research and development.
Logistical hurdles: Collecting and transporting solar waste from various locations efficiently will require infrastructure and planning.
Policy framework: Implementing proper regulations and guidelines for solar waste management will be crucial.
 

6. What is the government doing to address this issue?

● The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recognizes solar PV recycling as a priority area.
● The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is likely to develop policies and regulations for e-waste management, which could encompass solar waste.


SRIRAM's
 


Share:
 

Get a call back

Fill the below form to get free counselling for UPSC Civil Services exam preparation

 
UPSC DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS

 
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
 
Antimalarial resistance in Africa:
 
GENDER GAP IN EDUCATION IN INDIA 2024
 
Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in India
 
Nipah virus:
 
GOBARDHAN SCHEME OVERVIEW
 
ODISHA’S SHADOW CABINET: DEEP DIVE
 
MONETARY POLICY: DOVES AND HAWKS
 
RBI-INTEREST & EXCHANGE RATES: INDIAN RUPEE
 
FOREX RESERVES FAQs: SIMPLIFIER
 
RUPEE FLOAT: SIMPLIFIER
 
CURRENCY DEPRECIATION AND DEVALUATION
 
RBI FINANCIAL INCLUSION (FI) INDEX
 
Stagflation: Causes, Effects, and Economic Impact
 
Inflation Expectations in India:Simplifier