Building a new energy security architecture

The Honourable Prime Minister of India, while sharing his expectations from the hydrocarbon sector and the government’s endeavour to achieve energy security, laid out his vision for India’s energy future in the form of four pillars—access, efficiency, sustainability and security.

These are befitting for the Indian context. India cannot be energy secure if “access” to modern energy, e.g., electricity, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or piped natural gas (PNG), is not provided to every Indian. While “efficiency” measures would ensure that our demand growth is contained, “sustainability” measures would be essential to combat climate change and ensure a sustainable future. Steps to ensure “supply security”, by increasing domestic production and providing access to low risk international supply, complete the overall push required to ensure India’s overall energy security.

In this white paper, we have defined energy security as “securing energy access for all Indian citizens in an efficient and environmentally sustainable manner.”