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Carbon Zero challenge is a renewable energy innovation competition for college students, early stage entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. It is a pioneering initiative by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in collaboration with the US Consulate General in Chennai, the Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA) and Shaastra, to identify innovative and indigenous solutions to India’s unique energy problems.


IIT Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) was established in 1959 by the Government of India as an institute of national importance. IITM has been ranked #1 amongst research and teaching institutions in Engineering in the India Rankings 2017 released by The National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India –

IIT Madras is hosting the Carbon Zero Challenge. This includes receiving submissions, shortlisting teams, finding mentors, facilitating funding and conducting the final demo event.

The contact person at IITM for Carbon Zero Challenge is Dr. Indumathi Nambi.

Dr. Indumathi Nambi

Associate Professor

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division
+91 – 44 – 2257 4289 (O)


Shaastra is IIT Madras’s annual science and technology festival. It is a platform for students across the country to showcase their skills and talents in the field of engineering and technology. Shaastra is the first completely student run technology festival in the country to be certified with the ISO 9000:2008 certificate. With a footfall of over 35,000 spread over 4 days, Shaastra is one of the largest student technical festival in Asia.

Currently in its 19th edition, Shaastra will be collaborating with IIT Madras in conducting Carbon Zero Challenge.

US Consulate General Chennai

The Consulate General of the United States of America Chennai represents the interests of the United States’ government in Chennai, India and surrounding regions. The Consulate reports to the Ambassador of the United States in the US Embassy in New Delhi.

US Consulate is the main sponsor of the Carbon Zero Challenge and will be vetting all the efforts made by the organizers.


Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 2002, with an initial strength of 35 members from various industries and an Executive Committee of nine members. Apart from periodic review of landfill site operation, IWMA conducts seminars, training programs and offers consultancy services to industries/industry clusters in partnership with educational and research institutions.

IWMA provides external support to IIT Madras to conduct Carbon Zero Challenge.


EAI is India’s leading renewable energy consulting and research firm. We focus on providing support in market and feasibility studies for solar, wind, bio-energy and other select cleantech sectors. (