A series of groundbreaking deals are part of a drive to build 20 GWe by 2020
The visit to the U.S. of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the week before Thanksgiving was marked by a series of events related to India’s commitments to action on climate change and the use of nuclear energy to meet them.
At the same time, Singh signed new cooperative agreements with Canada and Russia for trade in nuclear technologies and fuel.
India steps up to climate change commitments
On the climate front, on Dec 4 India announced it would slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2020 following similar announcements by the U.S. and China.
India is a key player in the climate conference. It is ranked second globally in terms of population with an estimated 1.2 billion people and fifth in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
Jairam Ramesh, India’s Environmental Minister, in a speech to Parliament on 12/3, laid out a plan to reduce the growth of GHG by up to 25% by 2020 using 2005 as a baseline. He said that India is prepared to do more if an equitable deal can be worked out in Copenhagen.
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