Harsha Wickramasinghe, Deputy Director General of the Sustainable Energy Authority, called for `changes in lifestyle` Wednesday to help keep energy demands sustainable. He suggested the reinvention of home-working in a `virtual office`, to cut out energy consumption from transport and office blocks. Both transportation and office blocks consume large amounts of energy daily, particularly in hotter countries where air-conditioning is essential.
This proposal came amid worries that Sri Lanka s growing demands for energy would be unsustainable for the future, with rising oil prices and increased demand on gas and timber reserves. Global-warming is also becoming a worry for Sri Lanka s conservationists with CO2 emissions now rising over 12 million tons, although Sri Lanka remains a relatively small polluter, compared to global emissions.
Harsha Wickramasinghe s suggestions came at a conference on `Achieving Sustainability and Equity in Energy: Policy Choices for the Future`, held Wednesday at Waters Edge, Battaramula.
The aim of the conference was to provide `a forum for top-level decision-makers, energy sector officials, academics, civil society representatives, private sector, media and representatives of energy consumers to meet present opinions and exchange views on policy choices for the future in achieving sustainability and equity in energy`, organizers said.