President urged scientists to innovate energy efficient measures

Soma Tah
New Update

NEW DELHI, INDIA: President Pranab Mukherjee has asked scientists and technologists to engage themselves in the cause of making India self-sufficient in energy.


Citing the example of the US during his address in the National Energy Conservation Awards function, he said, "The US has turned itself from being a huge net energy importer to being self-sufficient through the discovery of shale gas. This has been possible because of a crucial technological breakthrough in efficient recovery of shale gas. Likewise, the parameters for developing future technologies in India have to be defined."

"Innovation and technology will help create a pipeline of technologies that addresses both climate change and energy efficient development needs at costs that users are able to pay," he said.

The Ministry of Power has introduced the ‘Super Energy Efficient Program', which is aimed at accelerating the adoption of energy efficient appliances in designated sectors. "This initiative would require the development of appliances that are more efficient and affordable. It would also spur greater innovation in the manufacturing sector in India," said Mukherjee


Stating that an active government intervention is crucial to achieve sustainability in the usage of energy resources, he said, "The Twelfth Five Year Plan recognizes the importance of evolving a low carbon strategy for inclusive and sustainable growth. A national target to increase energy use efficiency has been set. It will bring a twenty to twenty five percent reduction in the energy intensity of our GDP by 2020."

India is the fourth largest consumer of energy in the world, after US, China and Russia and more energy efficiency initiatives are necessary to include energy efficiency as a core performance parameter for our industry, he said.