India has potential to be leader in renewable energy: IRENA
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Last Updated: Friday, September 11, 2009, 20:17
New Delhi: India has the potential to be the leader in the renewable energy sector, International Renewable Energy Agency chief Helene Pelosse said on Friday.

"I think India has the potential to emerge as the leader in renewable energy and help the world in making photo voltaic panels and solar energy commodities in next few years," she told reporters here.

Asked about India's plans to focus on nuclear and coal-based energy sources, she said, "I think they want to grow their nuclear share and also want to grow through renewable share."

"At some point, with nuclear, you have the issue of waste and you have the issue of future as there is not enough uranium on earth and it is not renewable," she added.

Pelosse said that nuclear waste lasts for 10,000 years and it was not viable economically also.

IRENA chief had yesterday met New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah and discussed the potential and future of renewable energy in the country.

Drawing a parallel with the electronics industry, Pelosse said that Asia would also become the hub of production of renewable energy equipment and the shift of industry had already started.

Observing that the world has realised the importance of renewable energy, she said that a consensus has been arrived on two major issues in the field by all the nations.

"There is consensus that there is no single energy application, and that everybody has to go towards renewable energy sources," Pelosse said.

IRENA has 136 countries as its members and it works to bring all nations together to move towards renewable energy from conventional sources. It also provides consultancy to its member nations in adapting to renewable energy and tapping their potential.

Pelosse said renewable energy was essential for fighting climate change and the only source of energy that could meet the requirements of the world in future.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 11, 2009, 20:17

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