National Climate Conclave 2023: Highlighting India’s green growth initiatives
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Bhupender Yadav, Union Environment Minister, has urged young participation in sustainable lifestyles. The Union Minister also emphasized India’s green growth objectives. On April 10, he spoke at the start of the two-day National Climate Conclave 2023 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
The Environment Minister also discussed India’s global expansion. He stated that India is not only setting an example on the domestic front, but also internationally by launching various International Alliances such as the International Solar Alliance (ISA), Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), and Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) to combat climate change.
Focus on Green Growth
When it comes to climate change actions and initiatives, India has been at the forefront. In the Union Budget 2023-24, our government has implemented a number of climate-related actions, with an emphasis on green growth. The three pillars of Indian green growth and energy transmission are as follows:
– Boosting renewable energy production (RE).
– Lowering the economy’s reliance on fossil fuels.
– The country is rapidly transitioning to a gas-based economy.
The government has taken many initiatives to promote renewable energy in the country, notably wind energy. These include: allowing up to 100 percent FDI through the automatic route; waiving inter-state transmission system (ISTS) charges for inter-state sale of solar and wind power for projects to be completed by June 30, 2025; declaring a trajectory for Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) up to 2022; and establishing Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Parks to provide land and transmission to RE developers on a plug and play basis.
Similarly, the country is promoting and utilising electric vehicles and green fuels in order to reduce the use and burden of fossil fuels in the economy. For example, Indian Railways’ Net Zero Emissions aim by 2030 will reduce emissions by 60 million tonnes per year. Likewise, India’s enormous UJALA LED bulb drive reduces emissions by 40 million tonnes each year. To supplement these continuing efforts, India launched the National Hydrogen Mission in 2013 with the goal of becoming the world’s largest hydrogen hub.
Furthermore, money is critical to meeting climate needs and mitigating negative repercussions, which has been a priority for India on all key global forums.
Ethos of India
During the Colloquium, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath noted that conservation and management methods have been a part of India’s cultural ethos for centuries, encouraging compassion and coexistence. He also stated that climate change is the most pressing issue today, and its effects can be observed in the state of Uttar Pradesh. In the middle of these difficulties, we must also find a path out, he continued. He also emphasised the various successful projects being carried out by the state of Uttar Pradesh.
On Day 2 of the National Climate Conclave, Lucknow exhibition-cum-sale, Ashwini K Choubey, MoS Environment, visited the stall of the EIACP Centre at the Forest & Environment Department of the Government of Sikkim. These exposition stalls feature LiFE publications, millets products, and other items.
The Colloquium is part of a continuous endeavour to expedite climate action in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s expanded climate action announcement at COP-26. The conclave is also intended to raise awareness about “LiFE – Lifestyle for Environment.” The goal was to bring officials from India’s states/UTs under one roof to focus on climate challenges/issues and explore innovative local solutions, as well as to create a vibrant network of stakeholders who will continue to engage with each other on cross-cutting themes such as risk governance, technologies and innovation, and domestic and international climate finance.