Energy justice top priority for India: Pradhan

Energy justice top priority for India: Pradhan

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New Delhi, Sep 10: India in the last five years has undertaken a number of path breaking initiatives to realise energy justice for over 1.3 billion people, said Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Mr Pradhan was taking part at the eighth Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Abu Dhabi which has begun on Tuesday.

The minister tweeted, "Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi has declared ‘energy justice’ as a top priority for India. This encompasses a renewed commitment of India to advance inclusive access to secure, affordable and sustainable energy services."

"Energy vision of India, as enunciated by Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi is based on 4 pillars i.e, energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy security. In the last 5 years, India has placed enormous emphasis on energy access with energy justice."

The Minister also shared that India is well on its way to meet its commitments under UN SDG 7. India’s success in the recent initiatives gave us confidence to further expedite other initiatives aimed at promoting access to energy in an affordable, secure and sustainable manner.

"The addition of renewable sources of energy is complementing non- renewable sources like natural gas to address the energy security, energy poverty and environmental challenges of our country," he tweeted.

"A National Bio-Fuel Policy 2018 was unveiled targeting 20 pc blending of ethanol in petrol & 5 pc blending of bio-diesel in diesel by 2030. I am happy to share that India is among the elite group of nations in to operate a flight running on biofuel achieving the feat in August 2018," the Minister said.

"There is already a cardinal shift to renewable energy sources. Our target is 175 GW by 2022, with solar target of 100 GW by 2022. We are well on our way to achieve this target. We are promoting alternative fuels like ethanol and bio-diesel in a big way," he added.

"Clean transportation is another area of high priority in India. We are leapfrogging from BS-IV to BS-VI fuel by April 2020.This is the equivalent of EURO-VI standards. India is moving towards a gas-based economy by increasing the share of gas from 6% to15% in the energy mix by 2030," he tweeted.

The Petroleum minister also said that in the World Bank Ease of Getting Electricity ranking India improved its ranking from 111 in 2014 to 29 in 2018. As part of a national drive under UJALA scheme, LED bulbs have been distributed across the country resulting in an annual saving of nearly $2.5 billion.

"LPG coverage has reached more than 90% from 55% five years ago. India attained universal electrification in all villages. This year, India aims to achieve 100% electrification of households through a targeted programme called #Saubhagya," he shared.

"We launched a major campaign to improve access to clean cooking fuel under #PMUY scheme 3 years back. I am happy to inform that PM Shri @narendramodi handed over the 80 millionth LPG connection couple of days back. A ‘Blue Flame Revolution’ is underway in India.

"A number of transformative policies and initiatives have been taken in India towards the early realization of UN Sustainable Development Goal 7. We are significantly expanding our energy infrastructure be it power generation, renewables, gas based infra, LNG terminals, CGD etc," he further said.

"The world energy mix will increasingly move towards electrification with increasing shift towards renewables. Renewable energy will account for 2/3rd of incremental power supply by 2040 and will surpass coal to become 30% of the energy mix," he said while sharing his views on energy security, role of technologies for a more competitive and productive world energy mix to facilitate responsible growth in Asia and the world.

"We can only progress to a secured energy world only if we provide technology and capital to low income, low per capita energy consuming countries to enhance their access to efficient energy rather than providing them with short term interventions in fossil fuel supply and price," he added.

The Minister also expressed our concerns over the disturbances in the Strait of Hormuz and the decision of production cut by OPEC Plus members adversely impacting Indian consumers. (UNI)