Asia is considered as the most populated continent of the world and there are a large number of Asian living in the continent who follow different traditions and culture known to be very interesting and colorful. Asian people past and present are worth knowing more about. This this blog for those who enjoy other realms and experiences and ancient history in particular.
Think about the enormous area represented by China and India — about 25% of the world’s population. Today I am interested in their lessons on energy conservation that can help the rest of the world become more efficient. It is something on everyone’s mind, so why not turn to new sources of information. Across the globe, we consume energy in increasing proportions, such that we worry about cost, waste and shortages.
How do the Asian people handle this worry? Energy demand is great in this continent, growing by almost three percent per year. It is likely to continue through the next decade. Statistics are a clear warning sign. We know that energy everywhere is expensive. Improving efficiency is a cost-effective alternative to availability.
Asia has many natural resources to fuel consumption demand in factories and the home. Gas and electric power are dominant, but solar also has its place. Retooling has helped improve the situation in major cities. Investment in energy saving is a common goal in Asia and the Pacific. Recent interventions have helped to balance supply and demand.
Of course, many countries are mirroring the West, but others are taking the lead in implementing new technology. In fact, I have read that Asia is on track to becoming the world’s largest energy-consuming region by 2025. It is necessary to meet the crisis of climate change and energy security. Consumption has become a number one priority, perhaps because Asians do not share the arrogance and assurance of the West in this regard. Americans think that money talks and solves every problem.
They know that energy is scare and resources are limited in certain areas. Thus, ingenuity is valued to answer the problem. If you look at buildings, vehicles and machinery in southeast Asia, for example, you will see an investment in increasing efficiency and cost. Just the awareness of the problem is spurring new research and investigation.
Cutting usage is hard in well-populated areas, but it is all the more vital. According to one source, a megawatt of power capacity saved – by retrofitting energy-efficient industrial equipment – costs about half that of adding the equivalent coal-fired power-generating capacity.” This is very pertinent and informative.
No wonder Asian countries are responding to energy efficiency programs with policies and programs to guide needed changes, like the Philippine Energy Efficiency project. Governments are entering into partnerships to ensure a future with ample energy to drive growth and productivity.