Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka hosts Climate Parliament meeting to promote renewable energy
Fri, Nov 16, 2012, 11:05 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 16, Colombo: Parliamentarians from ten Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries will meet today in the southern resort town of Wadduwa to discuss ways to tackle climate change by promoting renewable energy.

The meeting will bring legislators from South Africa, India, the UK, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Congo Brazzaville, Senegal, Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco together for a three-day meeting from November 16 to 18.

The meeting is organized by the Climate Parliament, an international cross-party network of legislators committed to action on climate change, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The conference, funded by the European Union is part of a US$ 4 million (Euro 3.1 million) global project aimed at helping parliamentarians from developing countries to fight climate change and stamp out poverty through parliamentary action.

It will focus on regional electricity trading, the potential of sustainable investment for cutting carbon emissions, fighting poverty, and driving economic growth in South Asia and across the developing world.

"As we surely know when living in Asia climate change is a real threat disproportionately affecting the poor," says Butchaiah Gadde, a climate mitigation expert at the UNDP.

Sri Lanka this year experienced a fair share of the climate change with a prolonged drought, which destroyed the crops and emptied the hydropower reservoirs forcing the country to use more thermal energy, followed by the unusually heavy monsoon rains brought on by cyclonic conditions.

"One of the best solutions for climate change is to invest in energy access projects combined with productive and income-generating uses where renewable energy is part of the solution," he suggests.

Sir Graham Watson, Chairman of Climate Parliament, suggests that improving access to energy in South-Asia is the development of a supergrid - a network of electricity superhighways that would link up wind, solar, and hydropower plants and allow energy trading between regional neighbors, to provide reliable and 100% renewable electricity for all.

"But a supergrid needs multilateral action from governments across the region. That's why MPs from across the region and beyond are calling on governments to invest just 1% of their budgets into renewable energy and supergrids, and organizing an international network of MPs who can press for action in their national parliaments," he says.

Countries such as Bangladesh and India have already begun to make progress towards the renewable energy transition. India has raised its renewable energy target from 6.4% to 15%, and the 15% is included in India's national Five Year Plan.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Second post-mortem conducted on the exhumed body of Army intelligence officer who committed suicide
-- [1 hour and 25 minutes ago]
Another group of 40 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu camps returning home Thursday
-- [1 hour and 52 minutes ago]
US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor funds $ 500,000 grant for strengthening civil society in Sri Lanka
-- [2 hours ago]
Judge government by its actions not by statements - Foreign Minister
State Trading Corporation opens eighth showroom in the East
Two Bangladesh Coast Guard Ships arrive in Colombo
Sri Lanka exports marketed at SIAL Paris 2016
PM assures independent investigation into killing of Jaffna University students as North remains shut down in Hartal
Prime Minister assures the government will not interfere with COPE report
Sri Lanka power regulator appoints a committee to probe breakdown at Norochcholai power plant

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.