CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL), New Delhi is the National Measurement Institute (NMI) of India. CSIR-NPL is organizing a two days International Workshop on Advanced Materials Challenges and Standardization need for Net Zero Technologies from 9th – 10th October, 2023. Climate change is a critical concern globally and to mitigate its catastrophic impacts on the Earth’s livelihood, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recommended the global greenhouse emissions to be declined to net zero by 2050.

This workshop aims to bring national and international experts and researchers together on the same platform to discuss about the advanced materials, technologies and standards being developed globally to achieve the net zero target and the challenges therein to combat with the global climate change. The eminent scientists and researchers across the globe are participating in this workshop and sharing their research expertise in the areas of energy generation, materials for energy storage, materials for energy efficient technologies and materials for circular economy for sustainable development.

The program began with the welcome address by Prof. Venu Gopal Achanta, Director CSIR-NPL. Prof. Achanta welcomed all the guests and participants and briefed about the workshop. He emphasized the role of CSIR labs in the development of various advanced materials and technologies for achieving the net zero target. He also mentioned that the workshop will be followed by VAMAS steering committee meeting-48 at CSIR-NPL from 11th October to 12th October, 2023. Followed by Prof. Achantas address, Prof. Fernando Castro, VAMAS Chair, NPL-UK addressed the participants and mentioned about the conceptualization of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) and its role in standardization of advanced materials and support to the world trade.

He stressed upon the urgent need of net zero technologies to mitigate the climate change and it’s catastrophic impacts. He mentioned about the importance of materials metrology, accurate measurements and standard organizations need to establish standards for new materials. The chief guest of the function Dr. N. Kalaiselvi, Secretary DSIR and Director General CSIR, addressed the gathering and mentioned about the need of advanced materials for net zero technologies. She mentioned that we need to work collectively to develop advanced materials and technologies for energy generation and storage.

She mentioned about the importance of Zero for sustainable development. She said net zero is not a dream but has to be the mandate of the globe. She mentioned that advanced materials have lots of challenges and we need to take those challenges as opportunities to shape our future through a time bound process. She said we have to be very careful and justify our actions for the protection of our mother nature through collective efforts. She also mentioned about the role of CSIR-NPL in standardization and development of advanced materials and technologies for net zero emission.

The inaugural program ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. S. R. Dhakate, Chief Scientist CSIR-NPL. The program was followed by technical sessions on Materials for Energy Generation, Energy Storage and Carbon Capture by eminent speakers from various countries. The speakers mentioned about their research contributions and efforts towards development of advanced materials and technologies for achieving net zero emission.

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