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India to double renewable energy capacity- PM
April 17, 2013, 8:06 am

[AP]

India is taking steps to exploit non-conventional clean energy sources like solar and wind power, says prime minister Singh [AP]

India is looking to double renewable energy capacity in the country from 25,000 MW in 2012 to 55,000 MW by 2017.

The Asian giant is taking steps to exploit non-conventional clean energy sources like solar and wind power, the Indian prime minister announced in New Delhi.

Voicing concern over “painfully slow” progress in climate talks, prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the goal of stabilising global temperatures was “nowhere in sight” and pitched for individual countries to take action to increase energy efficiency.

Singh also made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for a bulk of greenhouse gas emissions, were best placed to provide workable solutions to mitigate climate change.

“They [industrialised nations] also have high per capita incomes, which gives them the highest capacity to bear the burden. They are technically most advanced, and to that extent best placed to provide workable solutions not only for themselves but for the whole world,” he said.

“Unfortunately, progress in these negotiations is painfully slow. The goal of stabilising global temperatures at acceptable levels is nowhere in sight,” he told energy ministers of 20 leading economies gathered in Delhi to discuss speedy transition to a global clean energy economy.

Dr Singh said while it must be ensured that the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process reaches some acceptable outcome, individual countries have to take action to increase energy efficiency and also to promote clean energy.

Source: Agencies

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