Rural Energy Needs Can Be Met By Biomass
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
The Shadow Energy Minister of the UK is on a visit to India and she has been putting forward the idea of the use of biomass to generate energy in that country. Baroness Bryony Worthington has said that it would be a very useful fuel to produce energy in the rural areas of India where there is a plentiful supply of biomass as a by-product of farming. She remarked on the richness and fertility of the soil in India and the productivity attained by the Indian farmers and suggested that using the remnants of crops and waste materials would be an efficient way in which to generate low carbon energy.
The Baroness is one of the Climate Change Act of 2008 developers, and it is in this role that she visits India to share ideas for sustainable energy resource developments. She is very impressed by the solar energy infrastructure in India and also remarked on the developing wind energy initiative which after initial teething problems is now showing potential as well. Commenting on the technologies available, she said that solar and wind were readily accessible and would offer a quick return on any investments and mentioned that India is going through an interesting period of awakening to the available opportunities at hand. The Baroness admired the standpoint taken by India in her encouragement of Europe and the UK’s renewable energy policies and continued development of low carbon energy resources.
The Baroness is also the vice president of the organisation called Globe International which is comprised of politicians from more than seventy countries with the common goal of finding answers to the challenges faced in the fight for sustainable development as well as climate change issues. She encourages India to continue on the path to renewable energy resources as a means of generating energy.
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