Energy: Explore, Harness and Conserve
Energy is considered as a crucial input for our day to day work and for economic development of any country. Per capita energy consumption is one of the key deciding factors of the level of wellbeing of any society. It is also referred through the relationship between economic growth with energy consumption. In reality economic development of every region or country largely depends on how its energy requirements are satisfied. Every production process has certain amount of energy requirement. Hence, availability of quality energy sources is crucial for overall scientific and technological progress of any country.
Energy is central to sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts. It affects all aspects of development – social, economic, and environmental – including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, population levels, education, and gender-related issues. None of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can be met without major improvement in the quality and quantity of energy services in developing countries. In this era of global climate change challenges, efficient energy use and replacement of carbon based fuel with non-carbon based fuel are the key areas which can reduce our carbon foot print to a large extent and undertake some pragmatic measures for mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.
It is noteworthy that awareness and understanding of such issues in many cases encourage us to take self initiatives for conservation, rational uses and strategies for enhancing efficiency. Therefore, “Energy: Explore, Harness and Conserve” has been proposed as the focal theme for the CSC 2012- 2013, with an expectation that young minds will be able to realize the need, take different initiatives to explore and identify the energy resources and find ways to harness it, identify approaches to achieve optimum use through enhancing energy efficiency and energy conservation along with creating awareness among the masses through their project work.