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India, Finland to expand cooperation in energy: Farooq Abdullah

New Delhi, Fri, 04 Feb 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Union Minister for New and Renewable Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday met Environment Minister of Finland Paula Lehtomaki and stressed on potential cooperation between both countries in the field of renewable energy.


During the meeting, they agreed that there is tremendous scope for understanding and exchanges in the sphere of renewables, especially bio-fuels, waste to energy and in sustainable development.


The Finland Minister is in Delhi for attending the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organized by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).


Lehtomaki invited Indian renewable energy companies and entrepreneurs to collaborate with their Finnish counterparts to the mutual benefit of both countries.


Finland, located in Northern Europe, is the fifth largest country in Europe with strong technical and industrial capacity in the field of biomass energy, municipal waste and hydropower. 20 per cent of its total energy is derived from renewable energy sources mostly from biomass and wastes.


India and Finland already have an on-going mechanism of cooperation in the field of renewable energy under the aegis of Joint Working Group on Clean Technology and Waste Management. (ANI)


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