India for accelerated deployment of green technologies

India for accelerated deployment of green technologies

New Delhi: India on Friday pitched for accelerating deployment and diffusion of green technologies to tackle climate change, saying that it was the quickest way to lower the cost of the renewable options.

A two-day climate change conference, attended by 58 delegations and 30 ministers, favoured speeding up large scale global deployment of environmentally sound and climate friendly technologies as a step to check global warming.

“The quickest way of lowering the cost of many renewable options is to scale up their rate of deployment and diffusion in developing countries," minister of state for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh said summarizing the proceedings of the conference.

The Delhi High Level Conference of Technology Development and Transfer adopted a Delhi Statement which also called for increased public financing in technology development.

Danish climate minister Connie Hedegaard said the adaptation and mitigation efforts to tackle climate change would require “three digit billion dollars" every year.

“Without money there will be deal in Copenhagen," Hedegaard said underlining that the world cannot afford a failure in the climate change negotiations to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

Delegates felt that there should be a “special mechanism under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for technology transfer, development and deployment, supported by a special fund, with periodic assessment of performance, and a mechanism to oversee the functioning of the IPR regime for climate and development goals," Ramesh said.