Indian Akshay Urja Day 2023- History, significance, observation, and more about the Renewable Energy Day

In India, Akshay Urja Day is observed every year on August 20 to raise awareness about the developments and importance of renewable energy. The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of the former prime minister of the country Rajiv Gandhi. Launched in 2004, the Akshay Urja Diwas has been observed every year since then with seminars, workshops, and cultural events all around the nation. Check out more interesting details related to Indian Akshay Urja Day 2023 such as its history, significance, celebration, etc. here in this article.

Indian Akshay Urja Day Upcoming Events

Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for Indian Akshay Urja Day for the next 5 years.

Indian Akshay Urja Day 2023August 20, 2023Sunday
Indian Akshay Urja Day 2024August 20, 2024Tuesday
Indian Akshay Urja Day 2025August 20, 2025Wednesday
Indian Akshay Urja Day 2026August 20, 2026Thursday
Indian Akshay Urja Day 2027August 20, 2027Friday

Indian Akshay Urja Day 2023 Overview

EventIndian Akshay Urja Day 2023
DateAugust 20, 2023
Proposed byMinistry of New and Renewable Energy
Observed byIndia
Purpose of celebrationTo raise awareness about the developments and importance of renewable energy.

Significance of Indian Akshay Urja Day

Natural resources are depleting at a rate higher than ever and this is a major concern troubling the leaders of the world. However, by relying more on renewable energy (air, sunlight, water) than on non-renewable sources (oil, coal, natural gas), we can tackle the problem in a more efficient way. Akshay Urja Day is a campaign to create awareness about the development of renewable energy in India. It draws the attention of the people to the advantage of using renewable energy instead of traditional sources of energy. The day is a reminder that we can no longer go easy with our sources of energy and we must conserve them by supporting renewable energy development programs.

Renewable energy sources & their advantages

The energy derived from natural sources that are replenished at a rate higher than their rate of consumption is known as renewable energy. Because of their ability to regenerate naturally, renewable energy sources are considered virtually unlimited. Energy sources like solar energy, bio-gas, hydro-electrical power, wind energy, etc. are examples of Akshay Urja. Check out some major advantages of renewable energy sources over non-renewable sources.

  • Renewable energy creates lower emissions than fossil fuels.
  • Renewable energy sources are now cheaper in most countries.
  • Renewable energy generates three times more jobs than fossil fuels.
  • More renewable energy sources means less global warming.
  • Renewable energy causes no pollution or contaminant risks to air and water.

History of the Indian Akshay Urja Day

The Indian Akshay Urja Day was established by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy  in 2004. The first observation of this day was organized in New Delhi in 2004 and a commemorative stamp was released by the Prime Minister to celebrate this day.  To promote a renewable future, a human chain comprising nearly 12,000 students from different schools was formed in the national capital on 20 August 2004.

Other special days in August

Solar Appreciation Day

World Sustainable Energy Days

Indian Akshay Urja Day Celebration 2023

To celebrate Indian Akshay Urja Day, different campaigns are organized to raise consciousness of the advantages of using renewable energy resources. To make the younger generation understand the benefits of using renewable energy, various educational programs are also held in schools and colleges. Events such as drawing competitions, cultural events, debates, quizzes, rallies, posters and banners, etc. are organized to celebrate Akshay Urja Day all over the country. As of last year’s data, India stands at the fourth position globally when it comes to renewable energy capacity after China, the United States, and Brazil. The observation of the day can help the country increase its capacity by making people more aware and the standing of India can grow steadily to the top.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do we celebrate Indian Akshay Urja Day?

August 20, 2023

Is there a holiday observed on Indian Akshay Urja Day?

No, there is no holiday observed on Indian Akshay Urja Day.

Are Akshay Urja Diwas and Renewable Energy Day the same?

Yes they both are the same observation. In English, Akshay Urja Diwas is called Renewable Energy Day.

What is World Sustainable Energy Days?

The World Sustainable Energy Days is a sustainability conference centered on sustainable energy production and use held in Austria every year.

What is the theme of Akshay Urja Diwas?

There is no specific theme to celebrate Akshay Urja Diwas.

When did India celebrate its first Akshay Urja Day?

20 August, 2004

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