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peak­ing re­cently at the 12th Delhi Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Sum­mit, Mr Kan­deh Yumkella, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the United Na­tions In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNIDO) and Chair of Un-en­ergy, urged coun­tries across Asia to com­mit to achiev­ing sus­tain­able en­ergy for all by the year 2030, by in­creas­ing ac­cess to en­ergy, im­prov­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and in­creas­ing the use of re­new­ables. He said, “Reach­ing the goal of sus­tain­able en­ergy for all will re­quire ac­tion by all coun­tries and all sec­tors to shape the pol­icy and in­vest­ment de­ci­sions needed for a brighter en­ergy fu­ture. In­dus­tri­al­ized coun­tries must ac­cel­er­ate the tran­si­tion to low-emis­sion tech­nolo­gies. De­vel­op­ing coun­tries, many of them grow­ing rapidly and at large scale, have the op­por­tu­nity to leapfrog con­ven­tional en­ergy op­tions and move di­rectly to cleaner en­ergy al­ter­na­tives that will en­hance eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.”

In­deed, the world to­day is grap­pling with high en­ergy prices, fuel un­cer­tainty and en­ergy poverty. The sce­nario in In­dia is es­pe­cially grim. For one of the world’s fastest grow­ing economies, where in­stalled power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity has grown 94 times since in­de­pen­dence, the peak de­mand short­age hov­ers around 10.5 per cent with an en­ergy deficit of 8.2 per cent, and is con­sis­tently in­creas­ing. De­mand is likely to in­crease by 43.7 per cent in 2016-17 as com­pared to 2011-12.

This is where a fo­cused ap­proach to con­ser­va­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency could pro­vide the quick­est, cheap­est and most di­rect way to turn these chal­lenges into real op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Un­der the aegis of the Bureau of En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency, PAT, NMEEE and other mech­a­nisms are be­ing adroitly adopted and en­cour­aged. While the gov­ern­ment is do­ing its bit, the pri­vate sec­tor is also pitch­ing in. The fo­cus of this is­sue is there­fore, on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency – whether in gen­er­a­tion, the adop­tion on newer and bet­ter tech­nolo­gies, me­ter­ing and en­ergy man­age­ment ser­vices.

To quote Yumkella, “Reach­ing the goal of sus­tain­able en­ergy for all will re­quire ac­tion by all coun­tries and all sec­tors to shape the pol­icy and in­vest­ment de­ci­sions needed for a brighter en­ergy fu­ture.” Our reg­u­lar sec­tions fol­low. Wish you all a happy and in­for­ma­tive read.

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