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India's per capita energy consumption is 'lowest'

Tuesday, 28 July 2009, 01:55 Hrs   |    4 Comments
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India's per capita energy consumption is 'lowest'
New Delhi: Minister of State for Earth Sciences Prithviraj Chavan Monday said India's per capita energy consumption was "the lowest" in the world and the nation "can defend its interests".

Chavan, addressing a gathering on Earth Sciences Foundation Day at Vigyan Bhavan in the capital, said climate change has now come into international diplomatic domain and India needed to carry out reserach and study to put its stance at the international level.

"Climate change debate was at forefront of the G8 submit in Italy this month. As of now, our per capita energy consumption is the lowest and India can defend its interests related to energy consumption so that nobody can cap our development only if we understand science," he said.

"There are concerns about changes in ocean levels, changes in monsoon cycle due to the global warming. And to estimate effects of climate change and possible threats, we need to generate our own datas, carry out research works," Chavan said.

He said the ministry has set up the Centre for Climate Change at Pune, which would be operational by September 2009, to address climate change related issues.

The ministry has fully geared up to modernise India Meteorology Department (IMD) so that weather predictions could be done with high degree of accuracy.

K. Kasturirangan, member of Planning Commission, gave away the National Awards in Ocean Science and Technology and Atmospheric Science and Technology to scientists.
Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(4)
1: it is true that india per capita energy consumption is low.an average american energy consumption per year is24000units while an average indian energy consumption per year is just 700 units.in india energy not avaliable readily for use. we are largely depending on the coal electricity . it is not sufficient for our country needs. itis time for search alternative energy sources like soar, wind tidal and nuclear. government has to establish the research centers for designing varous effective energy conversion systems. then only our per capita consumption will incrase.
Posted by:sampath - 08 Aug, 2009
2: someone tell me where is the energy to consume? half of the country is still without electricity etc....so when you are comparing apples and lemons then you are being amazingly out of your mind! First get the energy to all and then try to see how much the consumption is! we have all the brains (working abroad) and all the money (in the netas pockets) but no realistic actions. only backwas promises made by politicians over and over again....someone prove me wrong!
Posted by:Gurpreet - 28 Jul, 2009
The fact of India's per capita energy consumption being very low as compared to the rest of the developed world is indeed "GOOD NEWS". Now, India has the opportunity to move in a different direction. India should move in the direction of enhancing its share of renewable energy. This is a market which is not yet fully developed. India should meet its energy requirements by harnessing solar and wind energy.Indian Identity will exist only as long as water flows in River Ganges.Apart from monsoon cycles, we need to give attention to the problems of melting glaciers and snow fields in Himalayas.India ceases to exist if the Himalayas are not capped with snow.
Posted by:Major(Retd)Rudra Rebbapragada,AMC/PC - 28 Jul, 2009
4: We are being selfish and ignoring the environmental threats. Yes the western world has shown us the wrong model of growth,an unsustainable model.

But two wrongs don't make a right. We are just being imprudent and attracted to the short term gains here not looking willing to look at the realistic picture.

Climate Change and rising ocean levels are a reality, and a delay on acting on this would be really detrimental to nature.

Posted by:Gaurav - 27 Jul, 2009