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Tuesday , July 8 , 2014
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UK offers tech help

Baroness Sandip Verma with Sanjay Budhia, chairman of CII national committee on exports, in Calcutta on Monday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, July 7: The UK is keen on collaborating with India in combating climate change through the exchange of technology and expertise.

Leveraging opportunities in the renewable and alternative energy sector and reducing carbon emissions significantly are on the cards, while cleaner techniques to mine traditional energy sources such as coal will also be explored.

The renewable energy sector is pegged at approximately 4 trillion and is growing.

The UK government and the Calcutta Municipal Corporation have teamed up to prepare a blueprint over the next one year on moving towards a climate resilient city and building institutional capacities to respond to climate change better. The UK will spend 1 million as part of this.

“Energy is particularly important and it is a huge sector. There are huge opportunities upfront. We in the UK look at energy mix as very important,” said Baroness Sandip Verma, junior minister in the department of energy & climate change, UK.

She was speaking at a session organised by the CII Eastern region.

The UK has managed to increase its reliance on renewable energy over the last four-and-a-half-years, Verma said.