Guest Blog: Conserving Oil & Gas is the Need of the Hour
In today’s world, oil and gas have become important to a country’s growth and economy since they are important sources of energy. But they are also non-renewable and rampant use of the same has given rise to action-based discussions on the conservation of oil and gas. In our country, we have the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), which is the driving force behind the cause. The Oil Conservation Week has been observed in India since 1991. Subsequently with increasing utilization of natural gas by power plants, fertilizer plants, sponge iron and other industries, commercial domestic and transport sector, apart from the Oil and Conservation week, we also have the Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight, which is organized jointly by the PCRA and public oil and gas companies, from January 16 to January 31. The mission of both: efficient energy utilization and environment protection, leading to improvement in the quality of life.
Conservation of oil and gas is vital, and we as citizens of India must inculcate a habit of doing it. To look into aspects of it, we may start with our own homes, where daily LPG or PNG (piped natural gas) is used, by using the appropriate size of utensils for cooking, try to cook on low flame, which not only retains more nutrients in cooked food, but also saves gas and, consequently, money. Secondly, leakages of gas, if any, must be stopped immediately to avert any risk to life and property.
When it comes to the transport sector, we should ensure that our vehicles are maintained with adequate air pressure specifications set by the vehicle manufacturer. Leakages or spillages of petrol, diesel or CNG should be averted to avoid fire or mishaps. Unnecessary idling of vehicles should be stopped and vehicles should be periodically tuned for efficient burning of hydrocarbons. This reduces pollution and also conserves oil and gas. A pollution check of vehicles is crucial and must be checked for emissions
Various programs for awareness of people by way of rallies, cycle rallies, and marathons are conducted by oil marketing company and natural gas companies such as GAIL. Talks about oil and gas conservation, interviews, panel discussions on mass media are held to increase awareness.
For industries, power plants, and fertilizer plants, oil and gas conservation is essential for increased efficiencies.
Let us all take a pledge to conserve these essential but non-renewable natural resources.
(This blog is a part of foundation’s on-going campaign on Oil and Gas Conservation Week)
Author: Sirish Chandra Hatwal, Former Executive Director, GAIL India Ltd.