Asia LPG Sum­mit

In­dia show­cases world del­e­gates with the suc­cess of its un­prece­dented ini­tia­tive of LPG pen­e­tra­tion reach­ing 72%.

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The Asia LPG Sum­mit ‘Emerg­ing Trends’ at the Taj Palace Ho­tel in Delhi con­cluded suc­cess­fully with plenty of take­aways for world del­e­gates who were clearly im­pressed with In­dia’s com­mit­ment for clean en­ergy and its re­cent achieve­ments in try­ing to give its peo­ple af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble LPG so­lu­tions.

The sum­mit, held for the first time in In­dia, was or­gan­ised by the World LPG As­so­ci­a­tion in part­ner­ship with the In­dia’s largest oil PSUs: In­dian Oil Cor­po­ra­tion (IOC), Hin­dus­tan Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (HPCL), and Bharat Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (BPCL) un­der the aegis of the Min­istry of Pe­tro­leum and Nat­u­ral Gas. The sum­mit is of spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance in the con­text of In­dia be­ing the world’s sec­ond­largest con­sumer of LPG, with an­nual con­sump­tion ex­ceed­ing 18 mil­lion tonnes and about a 10% an­nual growth.

Dhar­men­dra Prad­han, Min­is­ter of State for Pe­tro­leum and Nat­u­ral Gas in­au­gu­rated the event. De­lib­er­a­tions fo­cused on the need to re­place tra­di­tional fu­els such as fire­wood, coal and cow dung cakes with LPG. This fo­cus of find­ing in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to im­ple­ment­ing LPG use among pop­u­la­tions of the devel­op­ing world is a part of global ef­forts to in­crease ac­cess to clean en­ergy.

In his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress to a gath­er­ing of the world’s lead­ing pro­fes­sion­als in the field of LPG so­lu­tions, Dhar­men­dra Prad­han an­nounced that LPG cov­er­age in the coun­try has reached 72 per cent. He high­lighted the man­ner in which the gov­ern­ment had gone about pro­mot­ing the do­mes­tic use of LPG through schemes such as Pa­hal, Ujjwala, Di­rect Ben­e­fit Trans­fer and ‘Give-it-up’, aimed at in­creas­ing its pop­u­la­tion’s ac­cess to LPG. He spoke of sev­eral milestones achieved and to be achieved in this area un­der the lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter Modi. The min­is­ter said, “Pa­hal has been iden­ti­fied by Guin­ness Book of World Records as the largest cash trans­fer pro­gramme in the world. More than Rs 420 bil­lion or USD $6.5 bil­lion have been trans­ferred to LPG con­sumers di­rectly. Us­ing PA­HAL, we blocked mil­lions of fake con­nec­tions and saved Rs 210 bil­lion sub­sidy in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Com­mer­cial LPG sales in­creased by 39.3% dur­ing the pe­riod April 2015 – March 2016 and 12 mil­lion con­sumers vol­un­tar­ily gave up their sub­sidy for less priv­i­leged sec­tions of so­ci­ety.”

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ya­giz Eyuboglu, WLPGA, Pres­i­dent Koc En­ergy Group Turkey said, “The sum­mit is rightly en­ti­tled “Trans­form­ing Lives”. The ex­pan­sion of LPG sec­tor in In­dia seems been un­par­al­leled in speed, skill and am­bi­tion. The In­dian mar­ket is amaz­ing, mo­ti­vat­ing and worth em­u­lat­ing.”

B Ashok, Chair­man, In­dian Oil Cor­po­ra­tion stressed on regional co­op­er­a­tion in this field for the world’s se­cure fu­ture. He also ap­pre­ci­ated the sig­nif­i­cant role played by the pri­vate sec­tor.

A se­ries of round-ta­ble and panel dis­cus­sions were held over the two days among the key stake­hold­ers.

James Rock­all, CEO, WLPGA un­der­scored the need to foster cleaner en­ergy. “The aim is to gain 1 bil­lion LPG users by 2030 mak­ing the prod­uct con­sumer­friendly and safe to use. The key points that need to be fo­cused on are power, so­cial em­pow­er­ment and gen­der equal­ity,” he said.

M K Su­rana, Chair­man, HPCL said, “LPG has been a cat­a­lyst for so­cial change and women are be­ing em­pow­ered as LPG con­nec­tions are be­ing re­leased in the name of women.”

K D Tri­pathi, Sec­re­tary, Min­is­ter of Pe­tro­leum and Nat­u­ral Gas in his ad­dress an­nounced that new mod­els and sup­ply chains will be set up in com­ing years to meet the grow­ing de­mands of LPG.

The ses­sion on ‘Global Trends, Regional Im­pact’ took note of the fact that the LPG in­dus­try is go­ing through a pro­found change as it nav­i­gates a pe­riod of three con­tin­u­ing and strength­en­ing trends – strong pro­duc­tion, matched by solid de­mand and sus­tained lower in­ter­na­tional prices.

In the dis­cus­sion ‘LPG, En­ergy Ac­cess and the In­dian Con­text’, Prof Mukul Asher, Se­nior Fel­low and Pro­fes­sor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Pol­icy, Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore, stated that the “Part­ner­ship be­tween gov­ern­ment and other agen­cies are work­ing for ci­ti­zen’s wel­fare.”

Prof Kirk Smith, Pro­fes­sor of Global En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gram School of Public Health, Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of LPG said, “By us­ing LPG, we are gift­ing good health to others. 2540% of air pol­lu­tion is caused by us­ing solid fu­els for cook­ing. LPG should be to be seen as a so­cial in­vest­ment, not a sub­sidy.”

The panel also dis­cussed the chal­lenges faced by LPG to­day, the ma­jor rea­sons for low LPG pen­e­tra­tion are: Mon­e­tary, Ac­cess and Be­havioural.

The dis­cus­sion on LPG in In­dia: Then and Now, Un­prece­dented Ini­tia­tives high­lighted aux­il­iary con­cerns with the LPG in­dus­try. Arun Ku­mar Singh, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, LPG said, “Banking, Aad­har and Mo­bile Pen­e­tra­tion have hugely af­fected the suc­cess of PMUY scheme. ‘Dig­nity to women is the fo­cus of PMUY’ changed the lives of mil­lions across the coun­try.”

The dis­cus­sion on LPG cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence fo­cused on the cus­tomer’s point of view of LPG us­age. The panel in­ter­acted with women from Ujjwala and ASHA us­ing LPG to un­der­stand their views and share their ex­pe­ri­ences on us­ing LPG.

The sum­mit was a free and can­did ex­change of ideas which will hope­fully trig­ger the spirit of in­no­va­tion in achiev­ing clean healthy and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly and fuel for all.

Based out of Paris, the World LPG As­so­ci­a­tion (WLPGA) is the voice of the global LPG in­dus­try rep­re­sent­ing the full LPG value chain. The as­so­ci­a­tion’s pri­mary goal is to add value to the sec­tor by driv­ing pre­mium de­mand for LPG, while also pro­mot­ing com­pli­ance to good busi­ness and safety prac­tices.

The WLPGA brings to­gether over 200 pri­vate and public com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in more than 125 coun­tries in­volved in one, sev­eral or all ac­tiv­i­ties of the in­dus­try; de­vel­ops long-term part­ner­ships with in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions and im­ple­ments projects on lo­cal and global scales. The as­so­ci­a­tion was es­tab­lished in 1987 and granted spe­cial con­sul­ta­tive sta­tus with the United Na­tions Eco­nomic and So­cial Coun­cil in 1989.

Banking, Aad­har and Mo­bile Pen­e­tra­tion have hugely af­fected the suc­cess of PMUY scheme. ‘Dig­nity to women is the fo­cus of PMUY’ changed the lives of mil­lions across the coun­try.

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