India-EU must forge alliance for energy cooperation

India-EU must forge alliance for energy cooperation
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First Published: Thu, Apr 26 2007. 04 07 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 26 2007. 04 07 PM IST
New Delhi: Dy. High Commissioner, British High Commission, Mr Creon Butler lamented that differences between European Union and India remain predominant on various policies issues and unless they are resolved, cooperation for harnessing non-conventional sources of energy between UK, Germany, France on one hand and India on the other would be a pipedream.
In the capital to attend the 2nd South Asia Renewable Energy Conference organized by Assocham, he said, Policy makers of EU and India must sit together across the table and resolve their perception on policy issues to forge alliance for optimal utilization of non-conventional energy sources, particularly solar and wind.
UK, Germany and France have technologies for harnessing exhaustible non-conventional energy sources like solar and tidal but as long as differences on policy related issues between EU as a whole and India are sorted out, technology transfers from EU to India could be highly unlikely.
Economic cooperation will facilitiate sharing of technology and expertise between EU and India which in turn will lead to sustained economic development, said Mr. Butler.
Haryana Governor, Mr A R Kidwai stressed the need for harnessing non-conventional energy sources and arguing that these are inexhaustible and should belong to everybody and therefore their use for generating clean energy must be a priority for the Saarc region.
Saarc countries and their policy makers should exchange resources and technologies. A policy framework must enable full utilization of solar, wind and tidal natural resources to generate clean energy to meet power deficit.
He also emphasized the need for optimum utilization of nuclear energy in proportion with the energy generated out of thermal and other fossil fuels.
Mr Rakesh Bakshi, Chairman, Assocham Organizing Committee said that it should be the efforts of the Saarc region to come together and identify which source of non-conventional energy is available in abundance and in which region so that such sources of energy are utilized.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 26 2007. 04 07 PM IST