UK-India join forces for low carbon projects

The UK and India have joined forces to boost low carbon technology. During a visit to India, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said both countries aim to achieve a “sustainable economic […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The UK and India have joined forces to boost low carbon technology.

During a visit to India, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said both countries aim to achieve a “sustainable economic growth” through low carbon and climate resilience economies.

She highlighted some of the works the UK has done to help India’s energy growth such as providing a £50 million fund over five years to set up renewable energy research centres.

The “Newton-Bhabha” fund aims to improve the integration of intermittent green sources throught energy storage.

Ms Rudd said the UK spent 3% of the £12 billion development budget on Research & Development, out of which 41% was spent on supporting new technologies and innovation in developing countries.

The UK, she added, provides more than a quarter of the contributions to the $5.5 billion (£3.5bn) Clean Technology Fund. A “large proportion” of this is flowing to India – into solar, energy efficiency and hydropower.

She said: “I am certain that low carbon technology can be another string to the bow of the UK-India relationship. It is clear that together we already have an impressive track record in driving low-carbon growth. But it is also clear that we can do more.

“By working together on technology and innovation, we can agree an ambitious deal in Paris in December, and we bring 2 degrees within reach.”