UK lends £12m to help India tackle climate change

The UK is lending £12 million to the Indian state of Odisha to tackle climate change. The Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCIP) is funded by the UK Department for International […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The UK is lending £12 million to the Indian state of Odisha to tackle climate change.

The Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCIP) is funded by the UK Department for International Development.

According to British Deputy High Commissioner Scott Furssedonn-Wood, it will provide technical assistance to Odisha and five other Indian states.

He said Odisha is one of the country’s most vulnerable states to climate effects but it is working towards “securing a climate resilient future” with the help from the UK.

Mr Furssedonn-Wood added: “Climate change poses a fundamental challenge as Odisha continues its remarkable journey of economic and social development. The state recognises that and has already taken innovative steps to address it. It has also seen that access to clean energy is critical to the state’s future prosperity.

“We have worked with Parliamentarians and Legislators on comprehensive renewable energy policies that address long term development goals. We have worked together to develop models for widespread use of low carbon lighting.”