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‘A vital read’ Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairman, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd Group

‘Authoritative’ Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

‘A must-read’ Ashok Sarkar, Senior energy specialist, World Bank

The definitive account of India’s energy journey and a blueprint for an energy-efficient future.

The historic oil crisis of 1973, which permanently altered significant economic policies worldwide, marked a turning point in India’s energy odyssey, putting the country on the path towards energy efficiency. A young energy researcher at the National Productivity Council at the time, Padu Padmanabhan soon found himself at a juncture that would lead him to the many watershed moments of this journey.

Drawing on his extensive subsequent experience at the United States Agency for International Development in India and the World Bank, Padu takes us from the Nehruvian years of idealism, through the five-decade-long quest for fuel efficiency and energy conservation that ultimately paved the way for the shift towards energy-efficient practices. Simple yet highly effective, energy efficiency has come to be known as our first fuel – an inexhaustible source of energy that may be one of the most viable means of combating the consequences of climate change and the indiscriminate use of natural resources. Through lessons gleaned from the implementation of past energy-efficient technology, Padu shows us how this ‘fuel’ can be harnessed for a sustainable future.

First Fuel is an invaluable account for not only energy-sector professionals but anyone interested in understanding what it takes to achieve energy efficiency and why we need to urgently adopt such practices. It recommends vital policy and regulatory changes and, in so doing, presents a radical new vision for energy and all its users living in the most critical of times.

With a Foreword by Jairam Ramesh

Review

‘A vital read’ Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairman, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd Group

‘A thoughtful account of episodes in India's arduous journey towards energy conservation and self-sufficiency’ Romir Chatterjee, energy economist

‘No one has seen and perhaps influenced India’s energy transition more closely than Padu Padmanabhan … [His] engaging and enlightening book tells a story never told before’ Anish De, Global Sector Head, Power & Utilities, KPMG India

‘The authoritative story of technology, business, domestic regulation, international cooperation, institution-building, and of individuals who have contributed to one of the world's largest energy systems that continues to push for more with less’ Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

‘An insider’s perspective of what has worked, what hasn’t and where we need to go to help shape the future of energy use and emissions’ Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

‘A must-read’ Ashok Sarkar, Senior energy specialist, World Bank

About the Author

Padu Padmanabhan joined the National Productivity Council in 1974, followed by a decade at the World Bank, Washington, DC and another at USAID India, which gave him a ringside view of energy programmes in India and the developing world. The post-liberalization years saw him help design some of India’s finest bilateral programmes with the US that leveraged over a billion dollars in developmental investments. He has also served as the former director of the South Asia Regional Initiative on Energy and was responsible for the establishment of several centres of excellence for energy efficiency in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Global Clean Energy Award (2007) by the Swiss-based Transatlantic 21 and the Energy Manager of the Year (2019) by the Association of Energy Engineers in the US.
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First Fuel: India's Energy Efficiency Journey and a Radical Vision for Sustainability

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  • ISBN: 9789390742233
  • Author: Padu Padmanabhan
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Pages: 285
  • Format: Hardback

Book Description

‘A vital read’ Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairman, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd Group

‘Authoritative’ Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

‘A must-read’ Ashok Sarkar, Senior energy specialist, World Bank

The definitive account of India’s energy journey and a blueprint for an energy-efficient future.

The historic oil crisis of 1973, which permanently altered significant economic policies worldwide, marked a turning point in India’s energy odyssey, putting the country on the path towards energy efficiency. A young energy researcher at the National Productivity Council at the time, Padu Padmanabhan soon found himself at a juncture that would lead him to the many watershed moments of this journey.

Drawing on his extensive subsequent experience at the United States Agency for International Development in India and the World Bank, Padu takes us from the Nehruvian years of idealism, through the five-decade-long quest for fuel efficiency and energy conservation that ultimately paved the way for the shift towards energy-efficient practices. Simple yet highly effective, energy efficiency has come to be known as our first fuel – an inexhaustible source of energy that may be one of the most viable means of combating the consequences of climate change and the indiscriminate use of natural resources. Through lessons gleaned from the implementation of past energy-efficient technology, Padu shows us how this ‘fuel’ can be harnessed for a sustainable future.

First Fuel is an invaluable account for not only energy-sector professionals but anyone interested in understanding what it takes to achieve energy efficiency and why we need to urgently adopt such practices. It recommends vital policy and regulatory changes and, in so doing, presents a radical new vision for energy and all its users living in the most critical of times.

With a Foreword by Jairam Ramesh

Review

‘A vital read’ Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairman, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd Group

‘A thoughtful account of episodes in India's arduous journey towards energy conservation and self-sufficiency’ Romir Chatterjee, energy economist

‘No one has seen and perhaps influenced India’s energy transition more closely than Padu Padmanabhan … [His] engaging and enlightening book tells a story never told before’ Anish De, Global Sector Head, Power & Utilities, KPMG India

‘The authoritative story of technology, business, domestic regulation, international cooperation, institution-building, and of individuals who have contributed to one of the world's largest energy systems that continues to push for more with less’ Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

‘An insider’s perspective of what has worked, what hasn’t and where we need to go to help shape the future of energy use and emissions’ Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

‘A must-read’ Ashok Sarkar, Senior energy specialist, World Bank

About the Author

Padu Padmanabhan joined the National Productivity Council in 1974, followed by a decade at the World Bank, Washington, DC and another at USAID India, which gave him a ringside view of energy programmes in India and the developing world. The post-liberalization years saw him help design some of India’s finest bilateral programmes with the US that leveraged over a billion dollars in developmental investments. He has also served as the former director of the South Asia Regional Initiative on Energy and was responsible for the establishment of several centres of excellence for energy efficiency in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Global Clean Energy Award (2007) by the Swiss-based Transatlantic 21 and the Energy Manager of the Year (2019) by the Association of Energy Engineers in the US.

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