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Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said that sustainable development could only be achieved with poverty alleviation besides protecting the environment .

Speaking at opening session of a two-day G-20 Conference on Energy Access in Beijing, China, he said rapid expansion of clean and sustainable energy offered a win-win solution for the poor and the environment .

Abid Sher Ali highlighted the importance of access to energy and sustainable development as a main challenge for developing countries.

He said that growth of renewable energy is necessary to provide energy services and create the economies of scale necessary for global expansion of renewable energy.

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