NEW DELHI: India is working on developing a roadmap for implementation of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and has constituted a committee and six thematic sub-committees involving key ministries and departments.
At the Business and Climate Summit 2017 organised by FICCI here today, Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said to achieve the goals, the Government was implementing the National Action Plan on Climate Change which encompasses eight national missions representing multi-pronged, long term and integrated strategies for achieving key goals in the context of climate change.
On the Government’s ambitious target of 175 GW renewable energy by 2022, the Minister said the country so far had already achieved 58.3 GW.
He said the Government had also distributed energy efficient appliances including 23.39 cr LED, while more than 2.8-cr LPG connections have been released to women below poverty line under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
The Minister said the International Solar Alliance which was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Government of France provided a common platform where global community, including bilateral and multilateral organisations could make positive contribution to the common goals of increasing utilisation of solar energy in meeting energy needs of ISA member countries in a safe and sustainable manner.
Stressing on the need for protecting the environment, the Minister said, “We have only one planet and humankind must become accountable on a massive scale for the wanton destruction of our collective home and protecting our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution of our species”.
Pointing that global nature of climate change calls for a collective response Dr Harsh Vardhan said India was engaging actively in multilateral negotiations under the UNFCCC, in a positive and constructive manner to establish an effective cooperation and equitable global approach based on principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities enshrined in the Convention and the Paris Agreement.
Appreciating the initiatives taken up by the private sectors the Minister said, the Indian industry had participated in voluntary carbon disclosure programmes whereby they report their carbon management strategy and Green House Gas emissions.
He said as the world moved forward on implementation of Paris Agreement, he was hopeful that the incoming COP 23 Presidency of Fiji and UNFCCC Secretariate would host a successful meeting with an outcome agreed upon by all parties. (AGENCIES)