Greenpeace proposes A Sustainable Energy Outlook for India to the Prime Minister

Press release - April 13, 2007
Greenpeace today presented the report 'Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable Energy Outlook for India' to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at his residence. The report provides a practical blueprint for stabilising India’s carbon emissions at current levels while providing the same amount of energy as projected by the Ministry of Power. According to the report Renewable Energy, combined with efficiencies from the 'smart use' of energy, can deliver half of India's primary energy needs by 2050.

Greenpeace activists in gear pose along with an Ice Installation of the "Sustainable Energy Outlook for India" to fight climate change and sustain development.A Greenpeace delegation today met the Prime Minister to present the Report which was launched on Monday. The Prime Minister agreed that Energy Efficiency should be given national importance and that India should take steps to combat climate change.

Coming out from the meeting, Mr. G Ananthapadmanabhan, Executive Director, Greenpeace India said" We were happy to see that the Prime Minister is very concerned about climate change and is looking for solutions. Dr. Singh also agreed energy efficiency should be a national priority, and that it will be important to consider immediate steps towards energy efficiency like phasing out the bulb in India."

In another meeting with Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit this morning, K Srinivas, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace India said the Chief Minister is committed to energy efficiency and is clearly supportive of the initiative. She said that the Delhi government would actively consider banning the bulb. She also promised to take up this matter with the Central Government.

Greenpeace will launch a countrywide campaign to seek legislative measures to phase out the incandescent light bulb in the coming week. The campaign will seek to establish the first step in energy efficiency in India by banning usage of inefficient lighting and ushering in a shift towards energy efficiency by the large-scale adoption of CFLs.

 "We hope that the Government of India and the Delhi government will act swiftly to ban the bulb", said Mr. Ananthapadmanabhan.

For further information, contact

K. Srinivas, Greenpeace India Climate and Energy Campaigner,
Ph: 09845112130, email:
Ruchira Talukdar, Greenpeace India Media Officer,
Ph: 09900264127, email:
For responses:
Prithviraj Chauhan, Hon’ble Minister of State; Phone: 011-23010191
Pawan Khera, Secretary to Chief Minister of Delhi: 0-9810153706
A copy of the Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable world energy outlook report can be downloaded at:
India Report:
Global Report: and

Notes to Editor

(1) 'Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable Energy Outlook for India' was presented at a press conference in New Delhi, on April 9, 2007

More about the Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable Energy Outlook

The 100-page Indian report has been developed by specialists from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and forms part of the Global Energy Outlook which offers solutions to reduce global CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050. The Energy Outlook gives a detailed analysis of how to restructure the global energy system based only on proven and sustainable technologies such as renewable energy sources and efficient, decentralised cogeneration. More than 30 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes and the renewable energy industry around the world collaborated to provide detailed regional assessments for the future potential for renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures.

More about the Inefficient Light bulb
An incandescent loses 90% of the energy that goes to into it as heat. In comparison, a CFL bulb uses around 20% of the electricity to produce the same amount of light. Every watt of electricity produced involves CO2 emissions because the major source of electricity in India is still coal fuelled power plants. Hence the bulb contributes significantly to climate change. By only banning the bulb, India could save up to 12000 MW of electricity, which is equivalent to almost 4% of its CO2 emissions.