Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) is a registered society set up under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India. PCRA is a national government agency engaged in promoting fuel conservation and energy efficiency in various sectors of the economy. It also helps the government in formulating policies and strategies for petroleum conservation, aimed at reducing excessive dependence of the country on oil imports.
It is a known fact that fossil fuel emissions contribute to pollution to a large extent. Therefore, PCRA is working towards conservation of fuel in major sectors like transport, domestic, agricultural and industrial. In transport sector, PCRA provides training to drivers on better driving habits and maintenance practices. PCRA’s scope of activities also includes education of housewives and youth on better cooking and good driving habits. In agricultural sector, it conducts workshops, kisan melas, van publicity and educational programs aimed for students and farmers.
PCRA conducts energy efficiency studies in the industrial sector which include energy audits, fuel oil utilization studies, model depot projects, small scale industrial studies, institutional training programs, PAT consultancy, ISO 50001 EnMS implementation assistance, seminars and exhibitions. R&D activities for the development of fuel-efficient equipment and devices are also sponsored by PCRA. PCRA is actively engaged in formulating energy efficiency standards for equipment consuming petroleum fuel.
PCRA regularly organizes people centric activities to create mass awareness through various print and electronic media to sensitize people towards energy conservation. Digital media like internet, mobile apps, digital cinema, films, television spots, literature, radio jingles, kiosks etc. are used to disseminate useful information and tips on fuel conservation and environment protection. Read More
Where does the environment stand today!
Do you know that each litre of fuel emits approx. 2.5 kgs of carbon dioxide?
It is now proven that climate change is indisputable, and human activities, particularly emissions of carbon dioxide, are very likely to be the dominant cause.
Computer models of the climate indicate that changes will continue under a range of possible greenhouse gas emission scenarios over the 21st century. If emissions continue to rise at the current rate, impacts by the end of this century are projected to include a global average temperature 2.6–4.8 degrees Celsius (°C) higher than present, and sea levels 0.45–0.82 metres higher than present.
Even if emissions are stopped immediately, temperatures will remain elevated for centuries due to the effect of greenhouse gases from past human emissions already present in the atmosphere.
Why we need to conserve fossil fuel?
The clock is ticking feverishly and the day is not far when fossil fuels will disappear from the face of our Earth. It is estimated that oil would be depleted by 2050, gas by 2060 and coal by 2080. It is all the more worrisome for India, as it has a 16 % share in the world’s population, with under 1% of the Earth’s fossil fuel reserves, leaving us depending on imports to an extent of 80%.
Sectors like transport rely overwhelmingly on oil, with over 53% of global primary oil consumption in 2010 used to meet 94% of transport energy demand. This makes the transport sector a key area for energy security concerns and a major source of air pollutants like carbon dioxide.
It means once we have used up all of it, we need to rely on alternative sources of energy. Appears scary, but yes, this is the stark truth.
Effects of climate change on cities is increasing. This means rising temperatures, heat stress, water security and pollution, sea-level rise and storm surges, extreme weather events, heavy rainfall and strong winds, inland flooding, food security and ocean acidification.
Steps are required to protect our environment from excessive pollution levels of fossil fuels. How can we do that? Can we wish away the use of fossil fuels? No! But we can explore alternate solutions:
- Bringing attitudinal changes in our lifestyle to reduce consumption of fossil fuels.
- Use these fuels in an efficient manner, so that fuel is conserved.
So, start conserving fuel today for our better future and environment. Less
Hon'ble MinisterShri Dharmendra Pradhan Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Steel Govt. Of India
Sharing his valuable thoughts on fuel conservation and environment
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