India has to encourage renewable energy policy further

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India needs to do more to harness renewable energy so as to bring down dependence on fossil fuels to propel towards low carbon economies, said Dieter Mutz, director, Indo-German Environment Partnership.

Mutz said Japan, Korea, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden are among early initiators of focusing on reducing carbon emissions in their plants although China has made rapid strides. Also, recycling aluminium, glass and steel can also key to this drive, he explained.

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“India needs to do lot more and at a much faster pace by setting targets if it is keen on slashing its dependence on fossil fuels for power generation. No country can set objectives based on its dependence on fossil fuels. Even large establishments have not done enough on this crucial aspect by setting up solar plants,” said Mutz. He said that even small houses in Germany use solar plants for heating and serve for most part of the year where the light is relatively low.

The Indian steel industry is expected to grow by about three times of 2012 by 2020, but most steel plants are functioning at very low efficiency and consume huge energy, which must be taken care of and those plans should focus on recycling.

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