Stressing the need for involving youth and children in the energy conservation mission, civil supplies commissioner Sunil Sharma said that until energy conservation is made part of our day-to-day life, efforts to save energy in the country will not be successful.
Inaugurating oil and gas conservation fortnight organised by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and oil companies at Hari Hara Kala Bhavan here on Friday, Sharma said the need of the hour is to conserve petroleum by using it judiciously, substituting it by other resources wherever feasible.
“Since our country imports 86 per cent of its crude oil requirements, it was imperative to save petroleum products as substantial foreign exchange is spent with much higher cost to our country,” he said.
“Conservation of petroleum has to be taken far more seriously and its use must be minimised. The most important role has to be played by youth. If they take this challenge, they may be able to save their future generations enough fuel resources and hence, lead a sustainable development.”
He said by saving energy we are not only saving resources of the country but also saving the environment. “Energy conservation is beneficial for all as it affects everyone’s life. If a family saves energy it will help in increasing its savings and that saving can be utilised on other essential things,” he suggested.
“We should try to make use of modern technology for saving energy. We should start making online payments of bills so that we do not have to visit different offices for payment of bills. In this way we would not only be able to save the fuel but also time,” he observed.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) zonal head (south central zone) SK Suri said if we follow a few tips we could save a lot of energy at home and at work places. “More than 20 per cent fuel can be saved if we use it smartly,” he said.
HPCL state coordinator Hariprasad said that last year as part of oil and gas conservation campaign around 1,890 programmes were organised in the state and this year the company was planning to organise more than 2,000 programmes. He said as part of the conservation fortnight, painting competition was organised and the company would select 12 paintings for its calendar.