New Delhi, 22 November (IANS). Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said at the virtual G-20 summit that India is not only meeting the goals of its Paris Agreement, but also moving beyond it.
In his address at the G20 side event, Safeguarding the Planet – The Circular Carbon Economic Approach, he said that India has taken concrete action in many areas for a cleaner climate.
The Prime Minister said, we have popularized LED lights. It saves 38 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Smoke-free kitchens have been provided in more than 8 crore homes through our Ujjwala scheme. It is one of the largest clean energy initiatives globally.
He said, we should not fight climate change alone but in a holistic and comprehensive manner. Inspired by our traditional ethics of living in harmony with the environment and my government’s commitment, India has adopted low carbon and climate-friendly development traditions.
Giving information about the efforts made by his government, he outlined the campaign to eliminate single-use plastic.
Modi said, our forest cover is expanding. The population of lions and tigers is increasing. Our goal is to make 260 million hectares of degraded land useful by 2030 and, we are encouraging a circular economy.
The Prime Minister said, India is building next generation infrastructure like metro network, waterways etc. Apart from convenience and efficiency, they will also contribute to a clean environment.
The Prime Minister assured that India would meet its target of 175 GW of renewable energy well before the 2022 target.
He said, now, we are taking a big step to achieve 450 GW by 2030.
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