Hamburg: India today proposed promotion of nuclear energy as a means for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow down the global warming and called for international cooperation to New Delhi in the civilian use of nuclear power.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the 8th foreign ministers’ meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) here that full international civilian nuclear cooperation with India “would not only enhance energy security for India and the world at large, but would also go a long way in ameliorating concerns related to global climate change.”
India has accorded priority to develop nuclear energy for meeting its energy needs, the minister said.
Intervening in a discussion on climate change by foreign ministers of the 27 member-nations of the European Union and 16 Asian countries on the final day of the two-day ASEM meeting, Mukherjee said even though climate change is a matter of significant concern, it should not cause scare or panic.
A constructive response, recognising common but differentiated responsibilities for the developed and developing countries is the need of the hour, he said.
Consumption and production have to remain sustainable, recycling and reuse have to become a matter of habit and routine. High priority should be given for lowering energy intensities in industries which use high level of energy, he said.
Referring to calls by rich nations on rapidly growing nations like India and China to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, Mukherjee said climate change must be viewed in the context of development needs of developing nations.