World must unite to produce renewable energy
21, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - T. Ramavarman Khaleej Times
countries, including oil-producing nations, must unite to develop renewable energies
and reduce carbon emissions, said the head of IRENA, on Tuesday.
Pelosse, the Interim Director-General of IRENA, speaking to Khaleej Times on the
sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit on Tuesday, said all oil producing,
and consuming countries, were united on the need to develop renewable energies
on a large scale.
"How else will you explain the growth of IRENA from 75
member countries to 140 countries within a year," Pelosse said. However, at a
panel gathering of energy ministers on Monday, the Qatar Minister of Energy and
Industry said developed countries should set their own carbon emission reduction
targets rather than force other countries to abide by them.
"All the countries
should share the responsibility for reducing carbon emissions," she said, responding
to the Qatar minister's comment.
"But the oil producing countries should
urgently take the initiative in develop renewables without waiting for their fossil
fuel reserves to dry up.
"They may have considerable reserves now, but
they should realise that those reserves are going to dry up one day or the other.
"But solar energy and other renewables will be with use for millions of
years. Also there are issues of carbon emission and global warming.
they going to wait till the global temperatures to go up to unbearable levels
before embarking on renewable energy programmes?"
He also said that while
he wasn't against renewable energies, he did not like the term "alternative" when
referring to energy sources, and instead advocated an energy mix. The UAE Minister
of Energy made similar comments at the Monday panel, backing UAE's decision for
a mix that also included nuclear energy, which is not considered a renewable energy.
Pelosse said IRENA accepted that different countries will have varying
levels of renewables and other forms of fuels in their future energy mix, and
it was difficult to prescribe a uniform energy mix for all the countries.
she said all the countries agreed that the share of renewables should be increased
as quickly as possible. Pelosse said she was optimistic that discussions by world
leaders at the energy summit this week would contribute to strengthening follow-up
action on the recently concluded Copenhagen Climate Summit.
head said the discussions were positive and could contribute to achieving a better
outcome at the next Climate Summit scheduled to take place in Mexico later this
She maintained that subtle differences among the countries taking
part in the summit will not slow the momentum that has been gained in strengthening
global efforts to identify and develop sustainable forms of energies and reduce
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