Aizawl (mizonews.net): Jointly organized by Institute of Applied Systems & Rural Development (IASRD) and Rotary Club of Aizawl, a “Seminar on Promotion of Bio-Fuel & Green Energy for Sustainable Growth and Its Impact on Climatic Change” was held at I&PR Auditorium here in Aizawl yesterday.
Chief Guest Lalkhama IAS (Rtd) who is the State Planning Board Vice Chairman said that the existence of the human inhabited earth is not accidental, but is created with a proper design. “Even the natural resources are also created for limited use,” he said.
“If we don’t start making bio-fuel and green energy and learn the proper use of it, we are bringing catastrophe to the earth,” Lalkhama said, adding, “the younger generation needs to think of their future and act accordingly to escape from the possible catastrophe.”
Delivering keynote adresss, Dr.K.D.Gupta, Chairman of IASRD mentioned the need to take steps by India regarding bio-fuel and green energy, and said 80% of India’s requisite is being imported from other countries. While development may be seen in the field of economic, business and others, however India has been listed as the 6th country of the world that requires energy most. In order to overcome the problem, steps may be taken to decrease the expense on energy, and to prevent the climatic hazards, alternatives like fruits and others may be used for creating energy.
Different kinds of fruits like, Jatropha, Karanza, Jojoba, Neem and Sugarcane are being used for the making of bio-fuel, Dr.K.D.Gupta said, and added that since 2003, 9 sugarcane production states and 4 Union Territories started using 5% Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) on vehicles.
The seminar was the 11th time IASRD has organized the funding which was sponsored by Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of New & Renewal Resources, besides Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Indian Oil Company (IOC).
Rotarian Dunglena presided over the opening programme of the Seminar; and in the first session, which was presided over by Saurabh Dutt, Chief Manager (Bio-fuels) IOC, New Delhi two topics- “Harnessing renewable sources of energy to meet the energy demand of villages in off-grid areas” and “Application & importance of gasifiers based renewable energy to suppport rural electrification” were listened and discussed.
The second session was conducted by Dr. Arvind Shukla, Co-ordinator, Jatropha & Professor Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Uttarakhand and a topic on “Promotion of bio-fuel to ensure energy security of the country” was discussed.
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