India needs A class investment in energy as in telecom:US

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Lauding India's achievement in the telecom sector, the United States today said the country needed similar kind of investment and drive to produce clean energy and improve energy efficiency.

''Just as India has made A class investment in the telecom sector, it should do so in the energy sector for clean and sustainable development,'' said Mr Jim Connaughton, head of the US delegation to the New Delhi Ministerial meeting of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate here.

He was talking to reporters here after attending the meeting.

Pointing out that India and China have same kind of need for hydrocarbons as the US, he said there were great opportunities in the two developing countries in respect to advanced technologies in power generation and other kind of energy use.

He said the US was undertaking massive programmes to reduce use of hydrocarbons, and was committed to reducing the use of gasoline by 20 per cent within 10 years, which would save 8.5 billion gallons of vehicle fuel by 2017.

Besides, it has the target to produce 50,000 MW through renewable sources by 2020 and would be giving a 50 billion dollar subsidy to agriculture for conservation in addition to the existing one for the sector.

He justified the launching of the Partnership, saying it had a sector based approach, while the Kyoto Protocol set over-arching national targets.

''To address the problem of climate change you have to break it into its component parts. In this task the partcipation of the private sector is most important,'' said Mr Connaughton.

He said there was no conflict between the Kyoto protocol and the APP. In fact it supplements the efforts of the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, he added.

APP is a very flexible mechanism respecting the freeedom of different countries to devise their national strategies.

Replying to a question about the next phase of Kyoto Protocol, he said the US was committed to extensive negotiations in this regard to help the countries arrive at a consensus for the Kyoto protocol beyond 2012.

UNI

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