The Indian embassy yesterday held a workshop for Cambodian youth aimed at promoting solar energy use in the Kingdom.
The event known as Gandhi Global Solar Yatra was held at the National Stadium and about 500 students took part.
Indian Ambassador Kanika Jain said the event was organised to create awareness on climate change, energy access, self-sufficiency in energy and global harmony and marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian Nation.
She noted that the Indian government organised the Gandhi Global Solar Yatra in several countries across the globe on October 2 and more than 4,000,000 students worldwide participated to become Solar Ambassadors.
“The Student Ambassador Workshop is an ambitious Indian Government project which is aimed at encouraging the use of solar energy globally in a sustainable manner,” Ms Kanika said.
She noted that Cambodia, being a solar energy rich country with a vast scope for its use, was one of the focus countries in which to propagate the idea of solar energy use.
Under the project, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has trained master trainers to assemble and maintain solar lamps and who in turn trained the Cambodian students in the National Stadium.
Participating students yesterday assembled the lamps under the guidance of the master trainers and took them home for their personal use.
Im Koch, an Education Ministry secretary of state, said at the event that he supports the use of clean energy, especially solar energy, and the Indian Embassy’s initiative to hold the workshop.
“Everyone knows that climate change and global warming are threats which need to be tackled,” he noted.
Mr Koch added that according to research, global temperatures have already risen by nearly l degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels and will continue to rise if carbon fuels like gasoline keep being used.
“Our next generations will be affected by global warming in the future,” he said. “So all of you here are representatives to help push for the use of clean energy such as solar energy.”
“I thank the embassy of India for holding this event to tackle the issue of global warming and I believe that the use of solar energy is a good solution because it is renewable, saves costs and easy to use it,” Mr Koch added.
According to an embassy press release yesterday, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals calls for ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
However, it noted that more than one billion people still lack access to electricity while an estimated 2.8 million people lack access to clean cooking fuels.
Savon Socheata, a 13-year-old studying in Phnom Penh, yesterday said she was very happy to have joined the workshop.
“I come here because I want to know how to use solar energy,” she said. “Yes, it will reduce global warming in the future.”
Non Vitou, 18, a student undergoing online training on solar energy use, said this form of energy was very important in efforts to reduce global warming and can reduce the cost of electricity.
“Solar energy use has helped to address the threat of climate change, including by reducing global warming,” he said. “The workshop has not only helped me to learn about using solar energy but also allows me to share my knowledge with other students [as a Solar Ambassador].”