Monday, September 20, 2021

PM Modi announces India-US partnership on clean energy and climate change

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a US-India partnership on clean energy and climate change. Addressing Leaders’ Climate Summit, Mr Modi announced launch of India-US climate and clean energy Agenda 2030 partnership, which can be a template of green collaborations to help developing countries access to affordable green finance and clean technologies.

Mr Modi said, together, we will help mobilise investments, demonstrate clean technologies, and enable green collaborations. Underlining that the concrete action is needed for humanity to combat Climate Change, he said, we need such action at a high speed, on a large scale, and with a global scope. Prime Minister said, India’s ambitious renewable energy target of 450 Gigawatts by 2030 shows our commitment. Mr Modi said, despite our development challenges, we have taken many bold steps on clean energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and bio-diversity.

Quoting Swami Vivekananda’s words – “Arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached”, Prime Minister appealed to the world leaders to make this a “decade of action” against climate change. He also urged nations to adopt sustainable lifestyles and a guiding philosophy of back to basics as an important pillar of economic strategy for the post-Covid era. The India-US collaboration on clean energy is expected to play an important role in helping India fulfil its ambitious renewable energy goal of reaching 450 Gigawatt by 2030.

At the Summit called by US President Joe Biden, several countries including the US, Japan and Canada announced their enhanced climate action plans to substantially cut their carbon footprints by 2030. Aim of the leaders’ summit is to galvanise efforts by the major economies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and meet the targets of the Paris Agreement to keep temperature rise to well below 2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.

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