Paris Climate Summit will not negatively impact the country’s growth, says Minister

India’s commitment at the Paris Climate Summit will not have any adverse impact on its development and poverty alleviation program. A statement to this effect was made by Minister, Prakash Javadekar in the Lok Sabha today.

The Paris Climate Summit was able to thrash out a mutually acceptable formula and 195 countries reached a deal to curtail the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius.

The Minister was elaborating on the results of the Paris Climate Summit and said that different and time-based action will be taken by both developed and developing countries in reducing carbon emissions.

A target has been set to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent in forests. Efforts are also being made to improve the nation’s forest cover to over 33% in the long term.

The minister was answering a host of questions about India’s position and commitments given in the Paris Climate Summit. The Minister said that the consensus reached the summit was in line with the stand taken by the country.

Mr. Javadekar continued that the country has made a very ambitious target, and non-conventional energy use will be increased to 40%. The country will continue its path of rapid growth and also reduce its carbon emission.

195 countries have signed what is known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), and India has pledged that by the year 2030 it will be fulfilling 30% of its energy requirements from non-fossil fuel.

The energy generation capacity of the country from renewable energies will increase to 1, 75,000 MW by 2022 from 35,000 MW as on March this year.

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