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In recognition of its efforts in spreading awareness on energy conservation, Energy Maharatna ONGC was conferred with ‘Best Overall Performance Award for Upstream Sector’ for Saksham-2020. The award was received by ONGC CMD Shashi Shankar at the inaugural ceremony of Saksham-2021 on 16 January 2021.

ONGC awarded Best Overall Performance Award for conserving energy in Upstream Sector
ONGC awarded Best Overall Performance Award for conserving energy in Upstream Sector

Saksham is a month-long awareness campaign on fuel conservation organized by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) to sensitize citizens on the need of energy conservation. This year, the campaign is being organized with the theme “Green and Clean Energy” from 16 January to 15 February 2021.

Mr Shanker, in his award acceptance message, said such recognitions encourage us to do better. He said that ONGC is fully committed to fuel conservation and environmental protection. The CMD said the Maharatna has taken a number of initiatives towards “Green and Clean Energy”, which is the theme for Saksham-2021.

CMD Shashi Shanker’s award acceptance message
CMD Shashi Shanker’s award acceptance message

“We have taken a number of measures to reduce gas flaring. Now, it is restricted to technical flaring only. Company-wide, we have replaced all our conventional lights with LEDs. On drilling rigs, the diesel engines have been retrofitted with conversion kits to enable them to use low-pressure gas which was otherwise being flared. Likewise, we have taken a number of other initiatives for efficient use of energy,” Mr Shanker said.

Theme for Saksham 2021 – ‘Green and Clean Energy’
Theme for Saksham 2021 – ‘Green and Clean Energy’

CMD asserted that ONGC has rededicated itself for its participation with the same zeal in Saksham-2021 to propagate the message of green and clean energy for masses.

The month-long awareness campaign was inaugurated by Chief Guest MoPNG Secretary Tarun Kapoor. He also administered the Saksham pledge for energy conservation to the attendants of the event.

MoPNG Secretary Tarun Kapoor administering the Saksham pledge
MoPNG Secretary Tarun Kapoor administering the Saksham pledge

Delivering the keynote address, Mr Kapoor noted that the prime focus of the campaign is energy conservation. He said through this campaign, “We are looking for sustainability, development and better life for the fellow citizens. This year’s theme ‘Green and Clean Energy’ was aptly chosen by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan himself.” Mr Kapoor mentioned the theme takes us a step forward as we are no longer only talking about conserving energy but the use of green and clean energy as well.

Petroleum Secretary Tarun Kapoor delivering the keynote speech
Petroleum Secretary Tarun Kapoor delivering the keynote speech

Mr Kapoor lauded the energy companies for their participation in Saksham, noting that the companies which are in the business of fossil fuels are talking of conservation and green and clean energy, which he said would mean a decrease in demand for them.

He said a good role has been played by Central PSUs and state governments in organizing Saksham over the years. Mr Kapoor also highlighted the “excellent support” provided by ONGC in organizing Saksham-2020.

Speaking about the need for green and clean energy, Mr Kapoor said that India imports 85 per cent its oil. He noted that some of the world’s most polluted cities are located in India. “So, one side we have the objective to bring down imports; on the other side, we also have to be conscious about the environment,” he said.

Senior government officials and personalities from energy sector on the dais
Senior government officials and personalities from energy sector on the dais

The Secretary said that we also have to provide energy to a fast developing country like India where a large number of people still do not have access to adequate modern source of energy. He said that as we develop, the per capita demand will also go up; mentioning that currently, India’s per capita consumption is lower than the world average. “We all need to collectively strive to achieve this growth while reducing energy intensity.”

The event was also graced by MoPNG Joint Secretary (Marketing) Dr Navneet Mohan Kothari, ONGC CMD Shashi Shanker, IOCL Chairman SM Vaidya, Saksham state-level coordinator Ramesh Chandrabagh and several other officials of oil and gas companies and ministry officials. ONGC Director (Technology & Field Services) Om Prakash Singh was also present at the occasion.

Officials from energy sector and ministry at the event
Officials from energy sector and ministry at the event

During the month-long awareness campaign, several programs will be organized for school children, youth, housewives, cooks, maids, drivers, fleet operations, industry employees, farmers, residential societies, Gram Panchayats, NGOs, etc. to stress on the need of energy conservation. Special emphasis will also be laid on the dissemination of information pertaining to the achievements and initiatives of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

PCRA will spearhead the campaign, which will be conducted with the help of Oil and Gas PSUs, SLCs, and RLCs. The campaign will be conducted in 300 cities across the country.

During his inaugural address, PCRA Executive Director Dr Niranjan Kumar Singh said Saksham is observed every year to carry forward the agenda of energy conservation. Mr Singh said around 47,000 programs were organized to propagate the message of energy conservation to more than 89 million people in the last year edition of Saksham. He expressed confidence that this year’s Saksham will outperform the previous edition in terms of mass outreach.



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