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‘Economic downturn has not impacted green energy growth’

M.L.Melly Maitreyi
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Baroness Verma
Baroness Verma

The downturn in global economy has not stopped the green energy growth in developing and developed nations, thanks to the realisation that they need to work harder towards clean energy, says Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Baroness Verma, now on a visit to Hyderabad, focussed on the pressing need to tackle climate change and busting the myth that clean energy is not compatible with growth.

She told The Hindu in an interview here on Saturday that the UK was leading in many areas of clean technology in green sector. “The economic slowdown has not stopped people from investing in the green sector. It is a new and growing sector, supporting wealth, job creation and meeting our targets- UK is legally bound to meet 80 per cent carbon emission reduction by 2050,” she said.

Emphasising that Andhra Pradesh was an important State, the reason why the British Deputy High Commission was set up in Hyderabad, she said the UK government was keen on working together with India and Indian States for enhancing energy security and low carbon economy.

Resource crunch could not be a reason to neglect green energy sector any longer as food security, water conservation, energy saving were all interlinked, she said.

On the notion that those nations with bigger emissions should take greater responsibility, she said “Climate change is a global problem and we need global solutions,” she said. Referring to her interactions with business community, government representatives and grass root level workers during her visit in India, she said she was glad that there was awareness at every level about renewable clean energy, energy security. “We are working in partnership with a number of States”.

Ms.Verma admitted that her aim was to see 50 per cent of population, that is women, access cleaner energy. The department, in Association with TERI, an NGO, popularised the clean stoves concept in the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh.

‘UK government was keen on working together with India and Indian States for enhancing energy security and low carbon economy’


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