March 20, 2009 1:27:29 am
The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ) jointly organised a seminar on Thursday to motivate journalists to write more on issues of energy efficiency and climate change to create a public movement for saving energy and mitigating climate change. Both have joined hands to work together for creating public awareness on the issue.Speaking as the chief guest in the seminar TS Prabhakaran,director Western Region PCRA said conservation has huge potential in saving energy and money for the economy and can easily result in saving of 20-30 percent of energy. Prabhakaran elaborated that even 2 -2.5 percent conservation of petroleum products would result in a saving of 800-10000 crores. Explaining the magnitude of savings possible he said in Delhi if the drivers stopped the vehicles at red light at traffic junctions this would result in savings of more than 990 crores rupees.
Taking a round up of the activities of PCRA in the field of conservation RL Tailor joint director PCRA said activities of PCRA spread across all sectors of the economy encompassing transport sector,cooking gas,energy audit for industrial units,issuing guidelines for selection of energy efficient pumps for agriculture. He said that in Pune if the 13 lakh households decide to save 5 units of electricity this would result in saving Rs 5 crores. Prashant Pathrabe,director,Press Information Bureau,Pune brought out the international context of the energy scenario. He said energy security requires development of spare capacity,strategic reserves,storage capacity in supply chain and diversification of supplies is necessary in the current situation.
He said that energy conservation should become a peoples movement like the white and green revolutions and involve all levels of the society.MV Apte,PCRA faculty gave an overview of PCRA activities and Arvind Nerkar gave tips on how one can save electricity in household use.
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