Interview of Kumar Mallick conducted by Norvergence Team
Introduction of Bikash Kumar Mallick
Bikash is a post-graduate in energy studies from Great Lakes Institute of Management, India and has been into research-based policy advocacy for the energy sector. Bikash started his career as an engineer with a mining group and wore many hats related to project management, supply chain management, research (policy advocacy) and business research management.
Other industries where Bikash left an impact are Power Transmission, Solar energy, and Logistics. Bikash has exceptional leadership and networking skills, that enable him to research on current industry policies and regulations. Currently, Bikash is working as a freelance researcher and is trying to create innovative solutions for the Blockchain-in-Energy space.
Find out more about his new project that aims to create a common volunteering based research platform for the Blockchain-in-Energy space. Link
Questions asked by Our Team to Bikash Kumar Mallick
A commoner can do many things to help the environment. In fact, it’s the commoners who need to wake up to this challenge and create habits and movements around their communities to tackle climate change and environmental pollution. To start with, we all can track our carbon and pollution footprint on this planet by tracking our consumption habits.
The following steps can be adopted by a commonera.
- Check the source of the electricity supply and choose green energy.
- Convince and pressurize the utilities to procure more green energy and push for regulations that provide a choice of electricity supply.
- Minimize energy usage, choose energy-efficient appliances and become prosumers of the energy grid by installing solar rooftop systems and other local energy generation technologies.
- During every purchase, choose a greener option or make a choice to buy from companies that adopt green practices.
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastic packaging in order to enable a circular packaging economy. A similar approach should be adopted for all other purchases and end of life electrical appliances. Products must be properly disposed to enable the collection, segregation Educate and reusability or environmentally sound disposal.
- Use an alternative to plastic and carry a bag every time we go shopping.
- Uses locally produced food items and chooses a vegetarian diet over non-vegetarian.
- Educate the local community and make green living part of the lifestyle.
- Raise voice against local industrial units that pollute rivers and atmosphere.
- Raise voice against deforestation activities and plant trees.
- Repair defunct or leaking taps and use minimal water every day.
- Donate leftover food for animals and cook only the amount required.
- Stop buying things that are not part of our daily needs and rather are simply luxurious products.
- Write, talk and debate about environmental issues around us.
Technology has a huge role in improving the current environmental situation. Things like green hydrogen, better batteries for EVs, higher efficient solar and wind, biodegradable plastic, etc. are already proving to be game-changers in our fight against air, ground and ocean pollution.
We will need many such technological innovations and funding for the rapid cleaning of this planet. More than technology, I think it’s the funding that is required to accelerate technology adoption and R & D.
The single biggest environmental threat faced by humanity today is climate change. The amount of carbon we emit everyday needs to be drastically reduced. We are currently at the level of 414PPM CO2 and we must decrease the global atmospheric temperature below a rise of1.5 degrees centigrade compared to pre-industrial levels.
Governments around the world are not doing enough to curb carbon emissions or other forms of pollution. What we need today is concrete action and a stronger policy and regulatory regime that warrant investors to invest away from fossil fuel towards cleaner alternatives.
Without a strong and mandatory policy and the regulatory regime, we will be heading towards a climate catastrophe that is irreversible. We will thus witness large scale immigration from coastal countries, crop production shortage, and unprecedented natural calamities.
Democratized grid management will enable consumers to become prosumers. They will play an active rather than passive role in grid management and will decide the supply option of an energy grid. Interactive prosumers will thus enable a decentralized grid where consumers will have the choice to procure clean power rather than the electricity mandatorily supplied to them.
Such a movement enabled by Blockchain Technology-based platforms will transform our ways of producing, distributing and consuming energy. The democratized grid also provides bias-free and anonymous incentives to clean power producers irrespective of geography or scale.Consumers can now procure clean energy thus investing in smaller sums to clean power projects in faraway countries.