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REDUCING POWER consumption and switching to greener energy sources will help avoid the consequences of climate change, said Jonathan Pershing, the US Special Envoy for Climate Change on Friday, addressing students of Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.
Pershing said the increasing efficiency of electronic gadgets, and lifestyle changes could help reduce 30 per cent of power consumption.
He emphasized on importance of research and development (R&D) for technologies that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“There are technologies available but they are expensive. More work needs to be done to bring costs down,” said Pershing. Talking about the United Nations Climate Change Conference, 2015, in Paris, Pershing said countries now needed to work on how to implement the new global agreements to cut down carbon emissions.
“The most important aspect is to establish an authority to implement agreements,” he said.
When asked how a country like India, where a very large section of society didn’t have access to electricity, should work on climate change mitigation plans, Pershing said environment-friendly solutions should be considered while providing basic facilities to people.
Pershing shed light on climate-related outcomes of the US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue in New Delhi earlier this week. He said there were exhaustive discussions on academic and technical solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change. He said that the Indian government was committed to the cause of climate change. “The priority is to incorporate climate change implications in decision-making,” he said.