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Kalam urges nations to achieve energy efficiency

Former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam called upon the nations in the world to achieve “energy independence” depending upon the core competence of each country.

Inaugurating the international conference on emerging green technologies at Periyar Maniammai University here on Wednesday, Mr. Kalam said there is a continuous depletion of gas and coal reserves as predicted by World Energy Forum.

There is also continuous fluctuation of the cost of crude oil. In fact, the presence of oil in a nation and the business of oil is becoming a liability to that country. Inequality in the per capita consumption of power, leads to unsustainable development. “Hence for every nation, it is imperative to achieve energy independence,” Mr. Kalam said.





He said energy efficiency should be improved in industrial, transport, residential and commercial sectors to reduce the energy demand by 50 per cent, bring down the dependence on fossil fuels to under 50 per cent and replacing petroleum as a primary fuel source for transport by less carbon emitting or completely carbon neutral renewable fuels. This would require an urgent thrust on research, development, deployment of solutions such as solar, wind, hydro, bio-fuel, nuclear and other forms of green energy.

Exhibition

Earlier, Mr. Kalam visited an exhibition put up by students and laid the foundation stone for Biomethanisation plant to produce power for consumption by the university.

A.Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Controller and Chief Executive Officer, Brahmos, Research and Development, DRDO, released zero carbon document 2025. K. Veeramani, Chancellor of the university, and M. S. Palanisamy, Vice-Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Council for Technical Education offered felicitations.

N. Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor, Periyar Maniammai University, V. K. N. Kannappan, Pro-Chancellor, and Ayyavoo, Registrar, spoke.

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