“We have yet to see a single country that has managed to enhance its population’s living conditions without at the same time increasing the consumption of oil equivalents per capita”, Marthur says.
Mathur’s homeland is a telling example. Globally, India consumes remarkably little energy, but large part of the population is still living in poverty. If India is to raise living conditions, energy use is bound to increase. According to Marthur, India will be doubling its energy usage over the next 15 years. He presents four ways of producing more energy while lowering energy emissions.