Interview With : Aalok Deshmukh, General Manager of Energy Efficiency at Schneider Electric India
Updated on: 24 Jun 2016
With energy becoming an important resource, Aalok a deshmukh tells PRAKRITI ROY about the various learning programmes for this sector
What is the importance of energy and why does it need to be addressed?
Energy transforms life. It improves quality of life. Electricity helps reduce poverty, improves health (especially for women and children), increases productivity, enhances educational opportunities, improves the standard of living and promotes environmental sustainability. At Schneider Electric, we believe that access to safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy is a basic human right. India is currently one of the biggest energy consumers in the world and demand for energy is only expected to grow in future.
What about sustainable energy?
We have an energy paradox. On one hand, by 2050, the energy demand in India will be almost four times that of today's demand, due to the twin challenges of access to energy and the mega-trends of urbanisation, digitisation and industrialisation. However, during the same timeframe, we have to reduce our carbon intensity by four times to avoid significant irreversible damage to our planet. Therefore, it's important to use energy efficiently and shift toward lower-carbon fuels by devising methods and solutions to achieve and maintain optimum energy procurement and utilisation. This will mitigate the ill effect.