We are on Track to Exceed Our Commitments and Targets on Paris: PM Modi

“The road to fighting climate change is through climate justice and this requires us to be large hearted by thinking of the bigger and the long-term picture,” said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, while speaking at the inauguration of the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021.

February 11, 2021. By Manu Tayal

“The road to fighting climate change is through climate justice and this requires us to be large hearted by thinking of the bigger and the long-term picture,” said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, while speaking at the inauguration of the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021.

The twentieth edition of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) flagship event was inaugurated virtually by PM Modi in the presence of various dignitaries.

“The poor are most impacted by climate change. Climate Justice is inspired by a vision of trusteeship where growth comes with greater compassion to the poorest. It also means giving developing countries enough space to grow. When each of us understands our individual and collective duties climate justice will be achieved. India’s intent is supported by concrete action and spirited public efforts. We are on track to exceed our commitments and targets on Paris. We are committed to reduce emissions intensity of GDP by 33% to 35% from 2005 levels. You will be happy to know that a drop of 24% of emission has already been achieved,” PM Modi added further.

Addressing the inaugural gathering, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), said, “India is implementing its pledges. Four international reports including the United Nations Environment Programme’s emission gap report, the climate change action tracker report, the climate change performance index, and the transparency report, state that with PM Modi’s support, India is leading from the front and is implementing all its pledges well before time. We have reduced emission intensity; increased our forest cover and with 90 GW of renewable energy, we will definitely achieve PM’s target of 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030.”

Delivering the welcome address, Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI, said, “The summit over the course of twenty years has brought together people, leaders, activists, and experts around the world to exchange the ideas for a sustainable future. In many ways, our PM has taken a lead in this initiative and has been a strong leader in the renewable energy sector.”

Highlighting how the WSDS has evolved over the years, Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, said, “Science tells us that we must cut GHGs by 45% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. India is currently the only G20 country that has over achieved its NDCs. The target of 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030 will bring more jobs, cleaner air, and a more secure power grid. We count on India on its contribution to multilateralism on COVID vaccines, climate change and on peace keeping.”

Commending India’s climate goal commitments, Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker of the People's Majlis, Republic of Maldives (Former President of The Republic of Maldives), said, “To survive climate change, we need to work with nature and not against it by adopting smart biological adaptation strategies. Time is running out and we must cut emissions, quickly. In December, India announced an eye-catching target of 450 GW of renewable energy target by 2030 which shows incredible leadership by the Prime Minister of India.”

Addressing the gathering, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, said, “The time has come for society to adopt technologies and innovations. Over the years, we have followed the Paris Agreement commitment in our efforts towards protecting the environment by moving the country towards a sustainable development path though our low carbon development strategy. The requirement is of a greater political will to upscale the use of these technologies. It is a critical role, not only for government but also private sector and organisations like TERI that help facilitate the technological transformation and uptake.”

While delivering vote of thanks at the inauguration, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said, “we need to develop new and innovative partnerships which will help us get together in combating climate change.”

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