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Cardinal unhappy with lack of progress in renewables

In a meeting with Power & Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today, Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith was critical of the slow pace at which Sri Lanka has moved towards renewable energy sources.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry this afternoon, the Cardinal said dependence on coal and fossil fuels to generate electricity is causing great harm to the environment while damaging the ozone layer and creating health problems among the populace.

Therefore, he said, priority should be given to wind and solar options when implementing power generation projects.

The meeting was held at the Archdiocese house in Colombo.

Ranjith further said the people of Kalpitiya had to face great difficulties due to environmental pollution caused by the Norochcholai coal power plant which he said was built without a proper environmental impact assessment.

The Cardinal stressed on the need to give priority to eco-friendly power generation as much as possible without permitting any more coal power plants to be built.

Recalling that a number of environmentalists had personally briefed him on pollution caused by coal and diesel generation projects, the Cardinal said it’s concerning that the authorities do not seem to pay sufficient attention to alternatives.

It is regrettable that Sri Lanka has not taken any steps to utilise power through solar, wind and sea waves which other countries have used successfully, he said.

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