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At G20 Summit, India Calls for Clean Energy Cooperation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a major proponent of clean energy.

India is already a major force in the renewable energy sector, and at the G20 Summit this weekend in Brisbane, Australia, it made its commitment to clean energy even more clear.

Prime Minister Narenda Modi called for the G20 nations to come together and work collaboratively on advance clean energy around the world.

“Let us increase our collective research and development efforts and collaboration and ensure dissemination to all countries,” Modi said. “For this, I would propose that we set up a global virtual centre for clean energy research and development, with adequate public funding, which will fund collaborative projects in diverse sources of clean energy, smart grids, energy efficiency.”

India is already a major player in the solar field as it looks to ramp up its off-grid energy efforts as well. As with his other remarks, Modi kept his focus global, as he discussed bringing off-grid energy to a global market.

“Increased access to affordable, assured and clean energy supply for all should be our primary goal,” he said. “It is a major economic opportunity for all countries.”

Modi acknowledged that the transition to clean energy wouldn’t be without some challenges. He was also clear in saying that kicking coal and nuclear to the curb isn’t the answer.

“In countries like India, there are vast opportunities for those wishing to invest in clean coal technology, since our dependence will not reduce very soon,” he said, adding that “nuclear energy can still be a safe, reliable and clean source of energy” and “will be an important part of our mix.”

You can find his full list of remarks here.

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