Energy efficiency and protection of the environment will remain at the heart of India’s development goals even as Asia’s third largest economy tries to improve living standards and ensure access to electricity for all, power and renewable energy minister R.K. Singh said on Tuesday.
Addressing delegates at a conference organized by Mint on energy efficiency titled “Transformation Agenda 2020”, the minister said that while enhancing access to energy and raising per capita consumption of energy were priorities, India will play a responsible and global leadership role in ensuring that future generations inherit a healthier environment.
The government’s economic development agenda will result in per capita consumption of energy going up by about three times from 1,200 units at present by 2025-2030, which will also result in an increase in installed power generation capacity. “We need development to bring people out of poverty. Every country has a right to develop and we shall develop. But at the same time, we have a responsibility and we are conscious about it. It is this consciousness that drives us to embrace energy efficiency and to scale up renewable energy capacity,” said the minister.
Singh also expressed confidence that India will achieve about 200 gigawatts (GW) renewable energy capacity before 2022, exceeding the target of 175GW.
The minister said the potential of energy efficiency in cutting down avoidable consumption was immense. India is on a massive drive to replace incandescent bulbs with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs and is installing LED street lights. Singh said that India has already replaced over 5 million street lights with LED bulbs out of a target for replacing 13.4 million street lights. Read More
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