New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Climate Action Summit held on 12th December. According to a press communication from the Prime Minister’s Office, PM Modi said that the Summit marks the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement – the most ambitious step in the fight against climate change. Today, as we are looking to set our sights even higher, we must also not lose sight of the past, said the Prime Minister, observing that we must not only revise our ambitions, but also review our achievements against targets already set. Only then can our voices be credible for future generations, he added.
PM Modi declared that India is not only on track to achieve its Paris Agreement targets, but to exceed them beyond expectations. He said that India has reduced emissions intensity by 21% over 2005 levels. Solar capacity has grown from 2.63 GigaWatts in 2014 to 36 GigaWatts in 2020, the PM stated, a dding that India’s renewable energy capacity is the fourth largest in the world. It will reach 175 GigaWatts before 2022, he said, adding that the country has an even more ambitious target now – 450 GigaWatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030.
India has also succeeded in expanding forest cover and safeguarding biodiversity, PM Modi remarked, adding that, on the world stage, India has pioneered two major initiatives: The International Solar Alliance, and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
In 2047, India will celebrate 100 years as a modern, independent nation, the Prime Minister Modi. To all my fellow residents of this planet, I make a solemn pledge today, he concluded, saying centennial India will not only meet its own targets, but will also exceed the Agreement’s expectations.
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