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Clean and green energy the need of the hour: Mukul

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Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma lights the lamp to inaugurate the CleanTech Summit 2013, along with Canadian Team member Rosaline Kawn and Dr. Dennis  O’ Connor, and Assam Parliamentary Secretary RP Singh, in Guwahati on Monday.
Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma lights the lamp to inaugurate the CleanTech Summit 2013, along with Canadian Team member Rosaline Kawn and Dr. Dennis
O’ Connor, and Assam Parliamentary Secretary RP Singh, in Guwahati on Monday.

SHILLONG: The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with the Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada, after a successful summit with the European Union on CleanTech last month, organized the 1st North East CleanTech Summit, a flagship event of the ICC supported as Lead Partner by Oil India Limited (OIL) and sponsored by PCRA, IEX, Bitchem, SM Group and supported by the Meghalaya Renewable Energy Development Agency at the NeDFI Convention Centre, Guwahati on Monday.

The North East CleanTech Summit held on Monday brought together corporate leaders, technology providers, R&D scientists, senior government officials, investors and eminent experts from Canada and stake holders to share their experiences relating to energy security, sustainable energy environment and eco-friendly technological development.

The summit was inaugurated by Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, along with Dr Dennis O’ Connor, Head of the Canadian Delegation Sector practice Lead-Cleantech, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada and others.

Inaugurating the summit Dr Sangma, said, ‘Practically clean technology for producing clean and green energy is the need of the hour even as the Government of India has given a special focus on clean energy sector and is capitalizing on it, while the state governments across the country have taken initiatives and supported this sector.

“It is important that we address the issue of climate change while producing energy for our need,” he said.

According to Dr Sangma, “In the Northeast, for states like Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, wind map could be prepared and tapped to harness wind energy,” adding, Meghalaya has already begun this project.

“Only burning fossil fuels and producing energy without addressing the climate issues would lead to environment degradation; so it is important identifying ways to adopt clean technologies and produce green energy. We have started with solar projects and could cut production cost in recent times and now my team is looking to partner in small hydro power projects,” the Chief Minister said while addressing the gathering.

Assam Industries and Commerce Parliamentary Secretary Rajendra Prasad Singh, while concurring with Dr Sangma, requested the delegation to meet the Power department and allied officials present in the summit and said that Department of Industries and Commerce of the Government of India welcomes such initiatives undertaken by the ICC.

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