Harsh Vardhan opens 16th workshop on greenhouse gas inventories in Asia
India on Wednesday reminded the developed world that as per the Paris Agreement, there is a need to enhance transparency in reporting, which is possible only through adequate finance and capacity building. Action on climate change is a moral and ethical responsibility and India is working to achieve its obligations as per Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) principles, said Dr Hashvardhan, Union Environment Minister after inaugurating the four days 16th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA16) here.
He said that India has taken and taking a string of green measures to curb adverse impact of climate change. “We have committed to achieve 175 GW of installed capacity of renewable energy generation by 2022. We are firmly on path to achieve these targets. Other policy initiatives of the government include increasing penetration of LEDs, 5-10% Ethanol blending in petrol, increasing efficiency of coal power plants, and more efficient public transport”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said.
He also referred to the decision to leapfrog from Bharat Stage IV (Euro IV) to Bharat Stage VI (Euro VI) standards for vehicular emissions by 2020.
India is well poised to meet the target of creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by the year 2030, Director General of Forests and Special Secretary in the Union Environment Ministry Dr Siddhanta Das.
To achieve the goals, one of the efforts undertaken by the Ministry is to undertake plantation activities in areas outside forest and in river catchment areas, he added.
Environment Additional Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, said that India is on track to meet its Copenhagen commitment of reduction in emissions intensity of GDP by 20-25 per cent by 2020 with reference to 2005 level. According to the UNEP Gap Report 2017, India is also on track to meeting its Paris commitment of 33-35 per cent reduction in emissions intensity of its GDP by 2030 from 2005 level.
Charge d’áffaires ad interim, Embassy of Japan in India, Hideki Asari said that India has emerged as a leading voice in the field of environment, especially after the announcement to achieve 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022, setting up and coordinating International Solar Alliance, hosting of World Environment Day 2018 and a number of similar initiatives.
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