India waiting for an energy revolution: Expert

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 3:

India is waiting for an energy revolution as it had witnessed the green and white revolutions impacting the country’s food and milk production in the past to ensure both economic development and environmental sustainability, an eminent expert said on Friday.

“While India recorded the fourth largest energy consumption in the world, it was also the planet’s third most polluting country in terms of carbon dioxide emission as 75 to 80 per cent of its electricity was generated using fossil fuel,” Prof Prem Chand Pandey, Emeritus Professor, Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences at IIT, Bhubaneswar, said.

The global trend today was to evolve a zero carbon technology or carbon free energy generation for which India needed an energy revolution, Pandey said while speaking at the inauguration of the national conference on sustainable energy, micro and smart grid technologies organized by the SOA University.

The conference, sponsored by the Union Science and Technology department, was presided over by Prof Damodar Acharya, chairman, Advisory Board, SOA University.

Pointing out that the thermal generation of energy was polluting the atmosphere with serious climatic and environmental implications, Prof. Pandey said it was causing the rise in sea level and contributed to premature deaths in urban areas.

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