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    Petroleum Conservation Research Association

    As a part of the Government's response to the oil crisis of early seventies. the Petroleum Conservation Research Assoclaflon (PCRA) was set up in 1976 to undertake studies for identifying the potential and to make recommendations for achieving conservation of petroleum products in various sectors of the economy. The PCRA was also entrusted with the task of sponsoring R&D activities for the development of fuel-efficient equipment/devices and running a multimedia campaign for creating mass awareness for the conservation of petroleum products. The Oil Markefing Companies have also been making efforts to promote oil conservation to give a greater thrust to oil conservation efforts and provide support and effectiveness of the PCRA etc. A Conservation Cell was established In the Ministry in July, 1989.

    The major activities of the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) are the creation of mass awareness on the need for the conservation of petroleum products. promotion of measures to@,curb wasteful practices and improve the oil use efficiency of equipment, devices and vehicles, and research and development for improving oil use efficiency in various other end uses. As a result of the efforts made by and through the PCRA an estimated saving of about Rs. 570 crores was achieved during 1995-96 as against Rs.491 crores during 1994-95.

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