India has potential to be leader in green technology: Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh has said India has the potential to become a world leader in green technology.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 18:04 PM IST

New Delhi: As he heads for crucial negotiations at UN climate change meet, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said India has the potential to become a world leader in green technology especially in nuclear energy.
Trying to put across the message at the global platform that India need not always be seen as a recipient of technology, Ramesh said, "I have been saying repeatedly that challenge of climate change is god-sent opportunity to Indian business to become world leader in green technology.

"Let us not always keep talking of technology transfer," the minister, who will leave on Friday for Cancun, Mexico to attend the ongoing climate change meet, said.

Ramesh pointed out that in nuclear and clean coal sector areas the country is doing exceedingly well and asserted that India need not look towards developed countries to provide technology but can be its major supplier.

Developed nations have been reluctant to transfer technology and the thorny issue threatens to hamper the climate change negotiations at Cancun as happened during last year`s Copenhagen climate talks.

"I think we should shelve our defensiveness, we should be bold, aggressive and pro-active. We need to take steps to be a leader in green technology in our interest as no other country will be affected (by climate change) as profoundly as India," he said at fifth Sustainability Summit here.

In the field of nuclear energy, he said, India within a next couple of years would be the major supplier in the world.

"In fact two years from now world`s only operating fast breeder reactor will be in India and the whole world will look towards India for technology in the nuclear arena," he said.

Similarly, in the clean coal sector "no country in the world is providing incentive as we are. We have the expertise and capabilities."

PTI