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Cameron emphasises importance of clean energy on Mumbai trip

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has reinforced his government’s support for clean energy during an important trade trip to India.

Mr. Cameron was accompanied by 100 business leaders, including the heads of a number of green companies to Mumbai.
David Cameron
According to the Guardian when asked during a question and answer session if he thought governments were doing enough to boost the green economy, Cameron said green technologies such as wind turbines should be promoted in the face of opposition.

“All over the world governments are not doing enough,” he said. “We are not on track to deal with climate change and make sure our policies are sustainable.”

“It can be done and the argument we have to have right across the world is to try and prove to businesses and our people that this is actually a growth agenda,” he said. “It’s not a miserable agenda of low growth and no growth.”

“These new green technologies, whether it is waste recycling, wind power, or nuclear power – because there are no carbon emissions – these are growth items and green tech jobs are growing faster in our economy than many other parts.”

Recent figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show India now leads the world in clean tech investment growth, racking up $10.3bn in the sector in 2011, representing a growth rate of 52 per cent year-on-year.

Cameron has been joined on the trip – which has been hailed as the biggest “business delegation to leave Britain’s shores” – by representatives from a number of clean tech firms, including recycled material export company J & H Sales and smart grid developer Hildebrand Technology.

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