Energy bill to hit ceiling

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By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 20.11.13
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Scott Furssedonn-Wood at Tuesday’s programme. (Pradip Sanyal)

Calcutta’s energy bills and carbon footprint would increase substantially if it continues to consume energy at the current rate, a study has found.

Jadavpur University and the University of Leeds conducted the one-and-a half-year study in the city’s urban areas with support from the Centre for Low Carbon Futures, a British organisation.

Economics of Low Carbon Cities: Calcutta, the study report that was released as a book on Tuesday by British deputy high commissioner to eastern India, Scott Furssedonn-Wood, recommended several ways for efficient energy use and measures to bring down carbon emission.

It says Calcuttans spend 10 per cent of their income on energy bills, which includes expenditure on electricity.

The reports says the city’s energy requirement will see a 3.44 per cent annual rise and this can push up carbon emission by 62 per cent within 2025.

“If 80 per cent of the coal-fired power stations in Bengal were upgraded and 10 per cent of electricity came from solar power, Calcutta can reduce its carbon emission by 31.3 per cent by 2025,” said Andy Gouldson, who led the UK-based institute’s research.