A delegation of Canadians traveled to New Delhi, India last week to participate in the 5th Renewable Energy India 2011 Expo.
Comprised of representatives from companies involved in the production of renewable energy – including bio-energy – the delegation presented their expertise to representatives of the Government of India as well as Indian companies with the goal of facilitating research and partnership opportunities between both countries.
“This is a great opportunity for Canadian and Indian companies to learn about each other’s strengths and requirements and explore opportunities for collaboration,” said Stewart Beck, the High Commissioner of Canada to India. “Canada is well placed to partner with India in the renewable energy sector because of its large scale investments in research and development in this field. We look forward to collaborate with India to promote renewable energy and contribute to a cleaner environment and an energy-secure future.”
The Canadian delegation in New Delhi is yet another sign of a recent push by Canadian businesses, lobbyists and politicians to make renewable energies – such as bio-energy – a viable part of the country’s energy plan.
Earlier this month, a federal alliance composed of delegates from the forestry, chemical, agricultural, renewable fuels and biotechnology sectors throughout the country called The New Economy Alliance was formed to lobby governments to recognize the potential of using Canadian resources for an energy strategy. Another group was founded in Northern British Columbia by a group of MLAs who came together to explore the benefits of bio-energy for their communities and for their province.
That particular committee is “looking at ways to develop and change government policies that will enable and encourage the bio economy to flourish and that the wood pellet industry, the bio fuel industry, electricity producers and any other product associated with bio-energy would benefit,” said Nechako Lakes, BC MLA John Rustad.
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