Increasing the share of gas in India's energy mix will benefit country's energy security

23 March 2012

Gas can provide India with a relatively reliable energy resource, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said.

Speaking in New Delhi on 23 March at the Seventh Asia Gas Partnership Summit, she noted that although coal will be central to Indian power generation for the foreseeable future, domestic production will struggle to keep pace, as will infrastructure for imports and distribution.

“Increasing the share of gas as well as other sources, in particular renewables, will be good for Indian energy security,” Ms. Van der Hoeven said. “This will also have environmental benefits, not just in terms of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, but also for the millions of people affected by local pollution.”

Read the full speech here.