G20 summit: India exceeds Paris climate targets, says Prime Minister Modi


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the G20 climate change summit stressed that India is “exceeding” the targets of the Paris Agreement and that New Delhi is taking a number of “concrete steps” such as popularization of LED lights, saving 38 million tons of carbon Dioxide emissions per year and smokeless kitchens supplied to 80 million homes.

He said: “Climate change must be tackled not in a vacuum but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way.” Explaining, “Inspired by our traditional philosophy of living in harmony with the environment and my government’s commitment, India has adopted low carbon and climate resilient development practices.”

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India has taken several measures such as eliminating single-use plastics, expanding forest cover, restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, achieving 175 giga watts of energy renewable energy aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and preventing climate change.

Prime Minister of India fought for the International Solar Alliance, stressing that it is among “the fastest growing international organizations, with 88 signatories” and plans to mobilize billions of dollars to form thousands of parties stakeholders and promote research and development in renewable energies, the ISA will help reduce the carbon footprint “.

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The Gurugram-based alliance is an India-initiated project to use solar power to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

He said: “This is the best time to further increase research and innovation in new and sustainable technologies. We must do this in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”

The side event saw the participation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, host of the G20, alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump.

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