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Subsidy on solar and clean energy sought in India

According to reports, the Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) has urged the central government to provide subsidy on solar and clean energy.

“Based on the discussions and outcome of the three-day International Conclave and Exhibition on Climate Change (ICCC-2011), we have come up with various recommendations and one of them is to ask the government to provide subsidy on solar energy and clean energy,” Shalini Sharma, head, Centre for Climate Change at ESCI said giving her concluding speech on the last day of ICCC.

ICCC-2011, which kick-started on October 12 with the theme ‘Clean energy and energy security’, was organised by ESCI here and saw participation from members of five UN organisations, including UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), UN Women and Unesco.

“ESCI has formulated some recommendations and we will submit them to the central government, which in turn will put forth the submissions at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference, scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9, 2011,” she said

Another major proposal is to create energy from sewerage. Corporate houses are encouraged to adopt the vulnerable villages or ecosystem and protect it from degradation. Apart from CSR (corporate social responsibility), ISR (individual social responsibility) was also recommended for practice by individuality, she said.

At the international level, south-south cooperation needed to be enhanced for combating climate change, capacity building, climate change education, youth education and general exchange of knowledge, Sharma said.

The findings would be refined by the Centre for Climate Change and ESCI, and the outcomes and further steps for the implementation would be formulated as ‘Hyderabad declaration 2011’ and would be submitted to state and central ministry of environment and forest for further actions as policy initiatives, she said.

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