As India signed the Paris agreement on April 22, the country made some commitments to contribute in the global climate action.
Around 175 countries signed the Paris agreement in New York on the International Earth Day, which was also the first day of signing ceremony of the global deal.
On behalf of India, Union Minister of state for environment, forests and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, signed the Paris agreement, which aims to take multiple measures to save the world from disastrous consequences of climate change.
“I congratulate secretary general, the French presidency, and world leaders for coming out with this solution and provide reassurance to the world. We must collectively work towards bringing an equitable world, as only an equitable world can be sustainable. Let us pledge to continue with our tradition of harmonious co-existence between man and nature,” said Prakash Javadekar.
“What we have adopted is not only an agreement but a new chapter of hope in the lives of seven billion people,” he added.
India moves towards sustainability
Speaking of the sustainable development goals at United Nations in New York, Prakash Javadekar informed the world leaders about the initiatives taken by India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards spreading the message of sustainable energy.
“We have to stop extravagant consumption. If we continue in the same way, we will require three planets, and we have, only one,” he said.
India confirmed that it will take major steps to contribute in the climate action which will include, reducing emission intensity by 35 pc, building 40 pc capacity for power generation from non fossil fuels, creating additional carbon sink of 2.5 billion tonnes, investing in reducing vulnerability and enhancing adaptation to climate change.
Along with this, India will save 80 million tonnes of carbon equivalent per annum and public transport will increase in three years.
For afforestation, India will provide Dollar 10 billion in the next five years.
On the road to success
The country has already started on the road to achieve. In a revolutionary measure, India taxed coal at the rate of Dollar 6 per tonne and will invest the monies in clean environment.
If the world follows India on this, it will generate Dollar 100 billion much early, and more easily. The country has undertaken a huge renewable energy program of 175 GW and already achieved 40 GW.
India also blended one billion litres of Ethanol and intends to double it next year, without changing the land use and is replacing energy inefficient pumps with efficient pumps for farmers.