More decisive action needed on clean energy: Ministers
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 21:46
  
New Delhi: The clamour for more decisive action on clean energy grew louder at the fourth energy ministers meet here with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking developed nations to take a larger role in reducing carbon footprint.

The clamour came as Paris-based International Energy Agency stated that energy produced today was as dirty as 20 years ago as not much global progress has been made towards low-carbon energy.

Both developed and developing nations were almost unanimous that not enough was being done to produce energy with less CO2 (carbon dioxide). Many nations felt developed nations need to do more to make available clean technology for energy guzzlers like China and India.

Singh set the tone of the event at the inaugural session as he made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions, were best placed to provide workable solutions to mitigate climate change.

"Unfortunately, progress in these negotiations is painfully slow. The goal of stabilising global temperatures at acceptable levels is nowhere in sight," he said at the meet, organised to discuss speedy transition to a global clean energy economy.

Ruing the progress on clean energy, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu asked for collaboration between the developed and developing nations for leveraging strengths and resources.

"In power starved economies like India's, higher efficiency devices help investments in new generations to go further--expanding access to reliable power rather than using limited supply to run inefficient product," he said.

Bo Diczfalusy, Director, Ministry of Energy, Sweden, said both the rich and developing nations "felt the need to do more" at the meet through the ways of doing that was different from countries and countries.

"I don't think that any country was doing their best for clean energy, but any solution to the impending problem has to encompass each and every country of the world," he said.

During the day-long meet, he said, participating nations laid out their "ambitious" game plans individually.

A Mexican representative said the ministerial meet discussed the goal that they would be pursuing and pitched for a concerted effort to promote the use of renewable energy and improving technologies.

"We agreed upon strengthening our legal frameworks to make sure that this happens and pursue the efficiency of the domestic system according to the resources that we have and make sure that we do that in a sustainable manner," he added.

Japanese State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Isshu Sugawara said it was important for developed nations to show the results of their initiatives on clean energy, which could be followed up by developing nations.

He also said developed nations must help developing nations to achieve their goal.

Bo Diczfalusy, Director, Ministry of Energy, Sweden, said both the rich and developing nations "felt the need to do more" at the meet through the ways of doing that was different from countries and countries.

"I don't think that any country was doing their best for clean energy, but any solution to the impending problem has to encompass each and every country of the world," he said.

During the day-long meet, he said, participating nations laid out their "ambitious" game plans individually.

A Mexican representative said the ministerial meet discussed the goal that they would be pursuing and pitched for a concerted effort to promote the use of renewable energy and improving technologies.

"We agreed upon strengthening our legal frameworks to make sure that this happens and pursue the efficiency of the domestic system according to the resources that we have and make sure that we do that in a sustainable manner," he added.

Japanese State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Isshu Sugawara said it was important for developed nations to show the results of their initiatives on clean energy, which could be followed up by developing nations.

He also said developed nations must help developing nations to achieve their goal.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 21:46


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