India top performer in Paris agreement, says Javadekar

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said, India is a top performer in Paris agreement and will achieve the carbon emission target soon.

Addressing media in New Delhi this afternoon, Mr Javadekar said, the emission intensity reduction target for India was 35 per cent and it has already achieved 21 per cent of it.

The Minister said, India’s efforts to mitigate climate change and to conserve environment was appreciated at the recently held 25th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change.

Mr Javadekar said, no such decision was taken at the summit which was against the interests and stand of India.

He said, BASIC countries Brazil, South Africa, India, China and like-minded 40 developing countries were together on the issue and got benefit on the unity.

He said, India engaged constructively in the negotiations while protecting India’s key interests including consideration of principles of equity and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities CBDR-RC.

He said, there is a need for enhanced means of implementation, including climate finance, technology transfer at affordable costs and capacity-building support, from developed to developing countries in accordance with their obligations under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement.

Mr Javadekar said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has increased the target for renewables from 175 Giga Watts to 450 Giga Watts at the recent UN Climate Action Summit and India is simultaneously progressing on solar, biomass and wind energy.

He added that India’s forest cover has also increased 13 thousand square kilometres in the last five years.

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