News | IIT Kanpur and Lucknow Cantonment Board Collaborate for a Waste-Free and Carbon-Neutral Campus
The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lucknow Cantonment Board, marking a significant stride towards their joint mission of creating a waste-free and carbon-neutral campus. This initiative aligns with India’s ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2070.
The MOU, signed by Col. Mayank Sundriyal, Commander Works Engineer (CWE), Lucknow, and Prof. Tarun Gupta, Dean of Research and Development at IIT Kanpur, sets the stage for IIT Kanpur to act as the knowledge partner in this sustainable venture. The signing ceremony witnessed the presence of key figures, including Brig. Sanjeev Kumar (CELZ), Maj. Ankit Kumar (GE E/M), Ajitesh Pandey GEP(P), Prof. J.G.Rao, Associate Dean, R&D, IITK; Prof. Debopam Das, Prof. Rajeev Jindal, and Prof. Aakash C. Rai from the Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Chandrakanta Kesavan Centre for Energy Policy and Climate Solutions, and Kotak School of Sustainability at IIT Kanpur.
IIT Kanpur, serving as the knowledge partner, commits to supporting research projects, seminars, and educational initiatives. Furthermore, the institute pledges to adopt eco-friendly practices, reduce carbon emissions, and explore renewable energy options to contribute to the cause.
Expressing his thoughts on the collaboration, Prof. S. Ganesh, Director, IIT Kanpur, emphasized the institute's commitment to innovative and sustainable solutions for addressing climate change. He sees this partnership as a strategic necessity and a concerted effort towards achieving shared net-zero goals and carbon neutrality.
Prof. Tarun Gupta, Dean of Research and Development, IIT Kanpur, highlighted the global significance of this collaboration in the fight against climate change. The partnership aims to align growth trajectories with a dedicated focus on creating a stable and sustainable future.
Col. Mayank Sundriyal, Commander Works Engineer (CWE), Lucknow, sees the MOU as a reflection of the progressive vision of the Lucknow Cantonment Board, showcasing a commitment to adopting innovative solutions for a sustainable future. Leveraging IIT Kanpur's academic expertise is expected to pave the way for transformative initiatives.
Prof. Rajeev Jindal, representing IIT Kanpur, emphasized the institute's proactive stance as a leader in sustainable development, fostering a culture of innovation and responsibility.
Together, IIT Kanpur and Lucknow Cantonment Board aim to set an example for similar institutions by efficiently implementing waste reduction and carbon neutrality projects. Their collaborative efforts seek to support global campaigns addressing climate change, with IIT Kanpur playing a pivotal role in formulating strategies to offset and reduce carbon footprints.