Greater Noida, November 16, 2022 : LPG can effectively address several Sustainable Development Goals of the UN such as Good Health & Well Being (Ujjwala Scheme), Gender Equality (Women Empowerment in Villages through Socio-economic Transformation – Ujjwala), Affordable & Clean Energy, Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure (rLPG / rDME), Climate Action, said Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep S Puri today. Addressing the gathering at World LPG Week 2022, he said that encouraging innovations in the LPG energy mix, efficiency, conservation, Bio LPG, Synthetic LPG etc would facilitate favourable shift/growth and also help in meeting the climate change goals.
World LPG Week 2022 is being held from 14th to 18th November 2022 at India Expo Mart (IEML), Greater Noida, where the world LPG industry would meet under the theme, ‘Humanising Energy’. Senior officials from Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.(IOCL) and representatives from Oil and Gas Industry attended the event.
Noting the relevance of theme of World LPG Week 2022, the Minister said that the theme ‘Humanizing Energy’– is apt as energy has a direct impact on human wellbeing and there is an urgent need to produce and use energy in a sustainable way, while ensuring affordability & availability to everyone.
Talking about the scenario prior to launch of PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana), the Minister said that the availability of clean cooking fuel in the country was a major challenge for rural households in India for many years. Though LPG was the major source of cooking energy in urban India, a large proportion of households still had to depend on biomass such as firewood, dung, crop residue and coal/charcoal for their cooking needs.
Benefitting more than 9.55 crore Households in India, the PMUY scheme has become a global role model for India’s success story in ensuring energy access, and energy justice while achieving climate change and women empowerment goals, added the Minister.
Highlighting the growth of the LPG sector in India in recent years especially due to efforts of the government, the Minister said that LPG coverage in India has improved to 105.4% in Nov 2022, as compared to 61.9% as in April, 2016. The no. of LPG distributors has increased to 25327 as on November 01, 2022, as compared to 13896 as on April 01, 2014.
In his concluding remarks, the Minister noted that World LPG Week 2022 will provide a perfect platform for communication and cooperation among the best in the industry to allow the exchange of ideas, knowledge and views on the role of LPG in the energy transition to a low carbon future.