Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Thick Line Between Bla Bla Bla and Efficiency

Read the following this morning in The Strait Times:

"The Singapore economy became more energy efficient last year, squeezing more value from every dollar spent on electricity, even as it cost more.

In other words, it took less electricity to generate every dollar of the gross domestic product (GDP) last year - 13 percentage points less than in 1999.

It is significant that the country's energy efficiency went up in a year of spiralling fuel prices. Fuel costs, which make up half the cost of generating electricity here, rose by 418 per cent since 1999..."


Bruno said...

Enfin, est-ce que c'est pas un peu utopique de croire qu'on peut tout optimiser comme ca? Enfin on est a Maurice quand meme! :S

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Nu telman dan fatak ici ki pa ti pu mal kumans optimizer.

sanjana singh said...


today's accidents have laid a serious impact upon mauritians. Though we are related or not to those families. Our hearts pain with griefs yet we feel helpless.
my deepest sympathy to the families of both accidents which happened today.
In india,heavy traffic jam prevails, yet the rate of accidents is not so prevailing unlike in mauritius. Policemen are seldom found on the streets in india or other countries.
here inspite of the high presence of police-officers on streets, the number of accidents hasn't reduced.
do we lack sufficient equipment to ensure smooth traffic? or the police force in mauritius is inefficient? do we have a customer care service in police stations?
and a website for every police station where the public and the police can work hand in hand for the welfare of the society?

We are living in a high-tec mauritian society yet we are lagging behind many things.
things fall apart.

many lives are being lost, can the mauritian police force re-inforce its system in every way?

akagugo said...

After France, London, the largest economic superpowers of tomorrow (India and China) are getting serious about killing off the internal combustion engines.
If they are to benefit from economies of scale, all the other countries and manufacturers will now have to follow. Dodoland, are you listening? ALL other countries will have to follow. And we will have to build a new infrastructure to adapt: massively investing in R&D for local renewables (sun, wind, waves, tides, biomass...) and certainly not the ill-conceived petroleum hub, not the coal terminal, not the multiplication of refuelling stations, not subsidising IPP's coal-fired power stations, and not keeping diesel retail prices at absurdly low prices... Er, by the way, did you know that station wagon cars of 'premium' brands are now being massively discounted in the UK? So the market has signalled a turning point, as people are starting to realise that the end of an era is unfolding.
But my pessimistic inner voice is telling me: "Nek guétté komié zoli-zoli massin dyézél rikonn pou vinn dan Dodolènn lah..."

akagugo said...

For those who still harbour doubts about the turning tides on the internal combustion engine...

akagugo said...

The Dutch are joining the bandwagon for eliminating the ICE.
Dodoland could start by replacing its acrid fume-belching lorry-chassis 4-wheeled ready-to-flatten coffins by electric buses. Aaand lorries.