the Asia LPG Summit held in New Delhi, representatives from the industry
discussed possibilities for the use of liquified natural gas (LPG) not only as
a cooking fuel but also one that fuels automobiles. Several experts underlined
the need to provide policy support to auto LPG (autogas), and help it become a
viable transport fuel at a time when volatile fuel prices are exerting pressure
on developing economies such as India.
in his inaugural address, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum
& Natural Gas, noted that in becoming the second largest consumer of LPG in
the world through the flagship ‘Ujjwala’ scheme, India is driving the uptake of
LPG in households, empowering its women by facilitating access to cleaner
cooking fuel and providing them a life of swasthya (health) and samman
the issue of autogas, the president of the World LPG Association (WLPGA) Pedro
Jorge Filho said that "We are at the beginning of the Golden Age of Gas,
WLPGA aims to provide cooking gas for a better life and this effort is not
possible without India’s contribution. A diverse country which is rapidly
switching from conventional fuel to LPG. WLPGA will continue to support the use
of autogas which can play an important role in addressing urban air pollution."
is cheaper and cleaner than conventional fuel and has high potential as it
comprises only 1.7 per cent of total LPG consumption. An estimated 7 per cent
of all vehicles, except for two-wheelers, run on autogas and has a high market
Minister, on the other hand, said that India has emerged as a “bright spot” due
to the overwhelming success” of the ‘Ujjwala’ scheme that enabled an increase
in LPG coverage from 55 per cent in 2014 to 90 per cent now. He added that
Indian stands committed to continue its close relations with countries of south
and south-east Asia by extending regional cooperation in the LPG space as well.
This will not only promote economic development but also raise the standard of
living of the people in the region.
are moving ahead in fostering regional cooperation by expanding the reach of
LPG – together with countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Myanmar we
are working to make LPG more affordable, available, and accessible in the
region,” said the Minister.
The two-day ‘WLPGA Asia LPG Summit’, focusing
on ‘LPG – Energy for Life’, will be attended by more than 1000 delegates from
over 20 countries. They will deliberate over a series of subjects including how
India’s successful Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana can become a viable model for
other countries to replicate, particularly those striving to provide clean
cooking fuel to its people.
summit has been organised jointly by the major Indian oil marketing companies
(OMCs) Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum together with the WLPGA.
This is the second edition of the Asia LPG Summit, with the first one having
been held in 2017.
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