The Indian Government has recently revealed that nuclear energy will be an important component of the 24 ‘critical initiatives’ to be taken up by different ministries in India to combat climate change.
“For energy efficiency, it will work on closed cycle three-stage nuclear power technologies. The Prime Minister wants 20,000 megawatt of nuclear energy to be generated by 2020. We are taking French and Russian help for this. We are aggressively pushing for this technology and nuclear energy will be a major component of our fight against climate change,” Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said. Ramesh, whose ministry is the nodal agency dealing with climate change, said a detailed plan in this regards is being worked out.
Ramesh reiterated, “India would not accept any binding cuts on emissions, even as the world is headed to a potential global climate change deal at a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet in Copenhagen this December. India is also against any form of tariffs against goods from a country which does not make emission cuts. Recently, the US had in its Climate Change Bill proposed trade penalties on high carbon goods, or goods from a country which does not make low-carbon goods.”