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India needs $50 bn for incremental green investment

According to reports, India would require over USD 50 billion for “incremental green investment” to overcome poverty, increase food production to eradicate hunger without degrading land and water resources, and avert the climate change catastrophe, a senior UN official said today.

The World Economic and Social Survey 2011, released , shows that governments across the world would need to invest USD 1.9 trillion within the next few years to accomplish “the Great Green Technological Transformation” for addressing a combination of grave challenges, particularly for averting “the catastrophic impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.”

“The new investments would enable a shift to more efficient and renewable energy technologies, including transforming agriculture technologies so as to guarantee food security,” Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for economic and social affairs, said, issuing the report on “The Great Green Technological Transformation.”

Though the report did not provide a country-wide breakup of the USD 1.9 trillion needed for shifting to new green technologies, it argued that “at least one half, or USD 1.1 trillion per year, of the required investments would have to be realised in developing countries.”

For India, the projection for new green investments is well over USD 50 billion, said another official in the UN economic and social affairs department, who asked not to be named.


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