Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at the G-20 summit Side Event: Safeguarding the Planet: The CCE Approach

  • Excellencies, Today, we are focused on  saving our citizens and economies  from the effects of the global pandemic.
  • Equally important is to keep our focus on  fighting climate change. Climate change must be fought not in silos but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way.
  • Inspired by our traditional ethos of living in harmony with the environment, and the commitment of my Government, India has adopted  low-carbon and  climate-resilient  development practices.
  • I am glad to share that India is not only meeting  our Paris Agreement targets,  but also exceeding them.
  • India has taken concrete action in many areas. We have made  LED lights popular. This saves  38 million tons of  Carbon Dioxide  emissions per year.
  • Smoke free kitchens have been provided to over 80 million households through our Ujjwala Scheme. This is among the largest clean energy drives globally.
  • There are efforts to eliminate single-use plastics; Our forest cover is Expanding ; The lion  and tiger  population is increasing;
  • We aim to restore 26 million hectares of degraded  land by 2030;   And, we are encouraging a circular economy.
  • India is making next-generation infrastructure such as  metro networks,  water-ways and more.
  • In addition to convenience and efficiency ,  they will also contribute  to a cleaner environment.
  • We will meet our goal of 175 Giga Watts of renewable energy  well before the target of 2022.  Now, we are taking a big step ahead  by seeking to achieve  450 Giga Watts  by 2030.
  • Your Majesty, Excellencies, The International Solar Alliance is among the fastest growing International Organisations, with 88 signatories .
  • With plans to mobilise billions of dollars  train thousands of stake-holders,  and promote research and development in renewable energy, the ISA will contribute to reducing   carbon  foot-print.
  • One more example is the Coalition  for  Disaster  Resilient  18 countries – including 9 from among  the G20 – and 4 international organisations  have already joined the Coalition.
  • CDRI has started work on increasing resilience of critical  Infra damage during natural disasters is a subject that has not got the attention it deserves.
  • The poorer nations are specially impacted by this. Therefore, this Coalition is important.
  • Your Majesty, Excellencies, This is the best time for further increasing research and  innovation in  new and  sustainable technologies.
  • We should do so with a spirit of cooperation and     The entire world can progress faster  if there is greater support of technology  and finance to the developing world.