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Written by Anand   
Tuesday, 09 September 2008
New Delhi: There is a vast opportunity all over the world in clean energy technologies and the industry has an important role to play in promoting it. Assistant Secretary, US Department of Commerce David Bohigian said this at an interactive session of Clean Energy and Environment Sector, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Amcham, India.

Mr Bohigian said that by 2025, nearly US $17 trillion will be used in clean energy technologies. "India and the United States can be active partners in this drive towards sustainable and green industry," he said adding, "in post-2012 framework, we should identify and work towards common goals and common responsibilities." 

"The common goals should be reducing carbon intensity and poverty alleviation," Mr Bohigian said. He reiterated that the road to a cleaner technology should be "industry led, technology driven and at the same time result oriented."

He gave the details of companies that were part of the third clean energy trade mission to India that he was heading. The 14 companies and one county had expertise and solutions for environmentally sustainable clean energy technologies cutting across sectors - from fuel efficiency in auto sector to research & development in the power sector.

"Clean energy is the sector that is gaining in importance," he said adding, "clean energy is the third most important sector, after IT and biotech, in the list of venture capitalists in the US." The small and medium industries are the main focus in this drive for the cleaner energy and green industry, Mr Bohigian said.

Uttar Pradesh's Principal Secretary (Transport) D D Verma in his presentation told about initiatives taken to introduce clean energy technologies by the UP Government in the transport sector. "Reduction in emission of polluting and greenhouse gases is an important area the state government is working on," Mr Verma said.

"The UPSRTC has a fleet of 7,400 buses and in the next five years in a phased manner we are planning to replace diesel buses with CNG buses." He invited the trade mission members to become partners with the government in this endeavour.  "We want to go in for public-private partnership (PPP) in this regard," he said.

CII National Committee on Environment and President & CEO Coca Cola India Inc Atul Singh spoke during his welcome address about the challenges and initiatives being taken to go in for clean energy technologies. "The focus should be on local and indigenous, innovative technologies," he said. He gave the example of solar lanterns in this regard. 

Mr Singh spoke about the long Indo-US collaboration in this field, specially in "renewable energy and green buildings."  He said that industry has to respond to the increasing strain on environment as a result of rising population by "enhancing clean energy technologies".

Other speakers in the session were Mr Carmine D'Alosio, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, US Embassy, who spoke about Mr Bohigian contribution in promoting green technologies and CII Principal Advisor V Raghuraman, who stressed upon greater collaboration between Indian and US companies. "India can provide a frugal industrial environment and US the intelligent interface" to promote these ties further, he said.

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