PM Modi Pledges to Raise India’s Non-Fossil Fuel Target to 450 GW by 2022

India would spend almost $50 billion “in the next few years” on the Jal Jeevan Mission to conserve water, harvest rainwater and develop water resources, he added

September 24, 2019. By News Bureau

India’s renewable energy target will be increased to 450 GW, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.

“India today has come not just to talk about the seriousness of this issue, but to present a practical approach and a road map. We believe an ounce of practice is worth more than a tonne of preaching,” he believed.

PM Modi echoed India’s pledge to the creation of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022 under the Paris Climate Agreement. “What is needed today is a comprehensive approach which covers education, values and everything from lifestyle to developmental philosophy. What we need is a global people’s movement to bring about behavioral change.”

India would spend almost $50 billion “in the next few years” on the Jal Jeevan Mission to conserve water, harvest rainwater and develop water resources, he added

PM Modi also said India deliberate to “considerably increase the proportion of the biofuel blend in petrol and diesel.”

He said India had plans to make the transport sector green through the use of electrical vehicles.

The Prime Minister highlighted his call from prohibiting single-use plastics, the International Solar Alliance, and that India had delivered 160 million families with cooking gas connections.

He also announced two international initiatives. First, a platform with Sweden and other countries, for governments and the private sector to work together to develop low carbon pathways for industry.

Second, a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. This initiative was approved by the Union Cabinet last month and ₹480 crores has been allocated for technical assistance and projects.

The U.K., Australia and island nations such as Fiji and the Maldives will be part of this coalition.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had asked leaders to come with “concrete plans” rather than “beautiful speeches”, a message he emphasized at the start of the summit.

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