Fuel conservation will help achieve energy sufficiency: Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President and eminent scientist, on Tuesday attached priority on fuel conservation as a sustainable means to achieve energy sufficiency. Addressing a conference on ‘Environment and Its Impact on Society’ organised by the JD Birla Institute, Kolkata, Kalam said different reports have suggested that “building energy efficiency is perhaps the most economically feasible and convenient way to generate energy.” Describing “energy conservation” as a “source of fuel” he said: “More than any form of technology, what it needs is the social awareness and incentives for the industries and homes to go green.” Elaborating on the India scenario, he said the losses in power distribution alone are more than 40 per cent in many States. “There is also an immense scope for energy efficiency at household levels ranging from cooking fuels to smart buildings which can save up to 50 per cent of the energy consumption,” Kalam pointed out. He suggested a host of strategies to implement energy conservation. Different industries such as cement, aluminium, steel, fertilisers, textiles need to “evolve energy utilisation norms on per capita basis and provide a challenge to designers to work towards the target.”

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