Mangaluru, Apr 16, 2015: NITK (Surathkal), Department of Mining Engineering, is organising a two-day international conference on "global challenges, policy frameworks and sustainable development for mining of mineral and fossil energy resources 2015-20" (GCPF), at NITK from April 17.
GCPF Chairman M Govindraj said that energy in all forms are essential to sustain and improve the quality of life. The dramatic increase in population growth since the industrial revolution has increased demand for energy provided mainly by coal, petroleum and natural gas. The demands for energy from non renewable fossil fuels will further intensify with increasing population and the quest for improving quality of life on a all facets. There is a need for a comprehensive and coordinated approach from various stake holders in order to satisfy the energy demand and address the environmental concerns adequately and quickly migrate to an era of transparency and sustainability.
Given the importance of mining and energy sectors towards growth of an economy, the need for innovations in this sector towards sustainability, can not be overemphasised. The supply of minerals, oil and gas at the current rates and methods of extraction have placed a significant stress on environment. A cooperative and collaborative effort between government, industry and regulatory agencies research institutes is needed to develop and construct a policy framework incorporating innovations, sustainability and transparency.
’The conference will be inaugurated by former principal advisor (power and energy and core climate negotiator) Surya P Sethi. Kiocl Chairman, Malay Chatterjee, Uranium Corporation Of India Ltd Chairman, Diwakar Acharya, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd Chairman B Surendra Mohan and Advisor to Ministry of Coal D N Prasad will be chief guests.