Need to develop ways to reduce carbon footprint: PM

PTI Thirumayam (TN) | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on August 02, 2013

A file photo of Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.   -  The Hindu

Observing that climate change has become an urgent concern across the globe, Prime Minister Manmohan singh today said that ways and means should be developed to reduce India’s carbon footprint as it would be among the nations to be “most seriously” impacted.

“We need to develop ways and means to reduce our carbon footprint through technological innovation. In our country, more than 50 per cent of power comes from coal-based generation, which is a major emitter of greenhouse gases,” he said.

Dedicating to the nation BHEL’s Power Plant Piping Unit & Unit-II High Pressure Boiler Plant here, Singh expressed happiness over BHEL’s initiatives for the development of ultra super critical technology in line “with our mission for development of clean coal technologies’’.

He said the Jawaharlal Nehru national solar mission seeks to develop 20,000 MW of power generating capacity by the end of 13th Five-Year Plan, adding that its success has the potential of enhancing India’s energy security, and “contributing handsomely to our efforts to combat climate change’’.

“I sincerely hope that BHEL, which is bestowed with engineering expertise, manufacturing prowess and a commendable human resource base, will not only take the lead in solar energy in terms of power generation but also in the development of solar power technology in India.

“This is a difficult commercial decision, but well worth taking in the long-term interest of our country,” he said.

Published on August 02, 2013
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