A two-day training programme on 'climate change, clean coal and carbon capture (3cc) for academia', organised jointly by TREC STEP (Tiruchi Regional Engineering College Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park) and BHEL was inaugurated here on Monday.

The objective of the programme is to sensitise students of engineering colleges in and around Tiruchi to the challenges ahead in the wake of the climate change and global warming.

R.M.P. Jawahar, executive director of TREC-STEP, in his address, spoke on the project which formed a technology responsive initiative under the European Union sponsored project of 'developing a cluster for clean coal technologies and carbon capture and storage technologies for the Indian thermal power sector'.

He said that India, with its extensive coal reserves, accounted for the world's third largest coal producer. The growth in the use of coal in our country was also on the rise. Obviously, our country's thermal power stations could play a vital role in reduction of carbon dioxide emission.

He said that the academia, industrialists, entrepreneurs research institutions would be sensitised to the importance of clean coal and carbon capture and storage techniques.

S. Sridharan, president of Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association, in his address, said that the programme would set a trend in creating awareness about climate change among the industrialists. The problem could be surmounted through a proper understanding of the causes and implementing the appropriate precautionary technology.

R. Kumar, General Manager, (in-charge), BHEL, S. Sundararajan, General Manager, Coal Research, BHEL and B. Bindu, project coordinator, TREC-STEP, spoke.