BCCI warm-up for Energy Conclave in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Aug 12 (UNI) The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) will organise a seminar--Energy Conclave 2008--on August 22 and 23 here to address issues related to energy efficiency, conservation and new options.

Informing this to newspersons here today, BCCI president S Radhakrishnan said the two-day programme would hold discourses on subjects like climate change, policy measures, increasing efficiency of energy consumption, financing new projects through the clean development mechanism(CDM) route, benefits of energy management and energy audit in industries.

''It is the first-of-its-kind event to be held in the country's eastern region,'' Mr Radakrishnan added.

The list of the dignitaries to attend the seminar includes Union Power Secretary Anil Razdan, Planning Commission Member Kirit Parikh, Durgapur Steel Plant (SAIL) Managing Director V Shyamsundar, Coal India Ltd Chairman P S Bhattacharyya, West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Chairman Malay K De and West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation Managing Director S P Gon Choudhuri.

Centre of Energy and Environment Management (CEEM) Director Prof Sujay Basu said currently 80 per cent of the country's power generation came from coal, adding India had only 0.5 per cent of the global oil reserve. Prof Basu estimated that by 2012, about 90 per cent of the country's oil requirement would be filfilled through import.

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