India-China need to frame climate agreement to protect economic ga

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman R K Pachauri today sought closer and intensive co-operation on environment protection between India and China so that South-East Asian region's gains of economic prosperity are not wiped out.

Addressing a Conference on Climate Change here, Dr Pachauri, in his maiden public exposure after IPCC was awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2007, also called for managing imminent water and electricity crisis as their consumption in the country is not regulated.

''The current domestic water and electricity tariffs are so subsidised due to political considerations that their consumption cannot be regulated and put pressures on environment and disrupt its balance and ecology,''Dr Pachauri, who is also TERI Director General said.

It is imperative that the two countries move closer and forge linkages for intensive environment protection agreement so that economic development is sustained with carbon emissions levels staying at acceptable levels and development keep a suitable pace with environment and nature, added Dr Pachauri.

He also advised that India including China and developing nations need not to be focused on western patterns for industrial development and therefore evolve their own methodologies in a concerted manner so that their environment is not degraded.

''This approach will generate ...co-operation and put a pressure on economies of scale for reduction of carbon emissions, as a result of which global warming has become a reality of the day and causing anxiety and concerns for humanity for its graceful survival, Dr Pachauri said.

Inaugurating the Conference, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that his Ministry was encouraging energy generations through sources of non-conventional energy.

''As a result of which so far 11,000 MW of capacities have been built, of which nearly 7000 MW is generated through wind energy. By the end of 11th plan period, the Government would be able to generate hydro energy to the extent of 16,500 MW,'' said Mr Shinde.

He disclosed that Government was also encouraging states and UTs to enhance their hydro generations and giving them incentives to buy a certain percentage of their hydro power at higher tariff so that these are encouraged for producing hydro energy, which is non-pollutant in nature and does not degrade environment.

Assocham President Venugopal N Dhoot and Chamber's Committee Chairman on New and Renewable Energy, Mr Rakesh Bakshi jointly called that use of clean energy should be made imperative for industrial development, if environment degradation has to be curtailed if not eliminated.

UNI

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