THE World Energy Council
(WEC) assures that the energy
consumers across the globe
will receive more efficient,
cleaner and less obtrusive
energy services in the future.
This is the leading conclusion
of a keynote report on global long term
energy prospects presented at a meeting,
organised by )4,Ec, at Tokyo in the second week of October. The report which
garners information from the energy
industries of more than 100 countries,
says that the world will depend very
heavilyon fossil fuels- oil, gas and coal
- until the year 2020, a period that will
continue to be shaped by
present energy structures.
After that, however, the possibihfies begin to diverge.
In one set of scenario,
concerns lead to a reduction
in fossil fuels, aided by technological developments. At
the same time, it does riot
rule out the possibility of the
contradictory trend setting in, that is,
environment taking a backseat resulting
in fewer pressures for a change.
However, one issue emerges clearly in
the wEc report. It does not envisage any
major energy shortages. Instead, it predicts that estimates of the world's available energy resource base will continue
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