PM Modi Upps Ante On Renewables, Targets 450 GW After '175 GW By 2022'

US News

Addressing the United Nation 's Climate Action Summit in New York, on Monday, PM Narendra Modi, has set a 450 GW target for India's renewable energy capacity

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

Addressing the United Nation 's Climate Action Summit in New York, on Monday, PM Narendra Modi, has set a 450 GW target for India's renewable energy generating capacity. Stating that the protection of nature is a part of Indian tradition he said that it is also a part of India's future. Putting principles into action, he said that India plans to increase its capacity to 175 GW by 2022. He also highlighted India's motto 'Need not greed'.

175GW renewable capacity by 2022

"This is my first speech on Climate. Behavioural change is needed with regards to climate change as an international effort. Protection of natural resources has been our (India) tradition and our future plan. Need not greed has been our motto.  An ounce of practice is worth a ton of preaching. Hence, India is not only talking but has come up with a road map. By 2022, we plan to take renewable energy capacity till 175 GW and aim to increase it till 450 GW," he said. 

READ | UN Climate Action Summit: Here is what to expect from today's summit

Automobile emission reduction

He also talked about the various changes taken by India to bring down emissions by automobiles. He also spoke about other steps like water conservation, solar energy and clean fuel gas connection implemented by India. PM Modi was the fourth world leader to speak at the Summit after the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and Marshall Islands President Dr. Hilda C. Heine.

READ | UNGA 74: From terror to climate change to Iran; everything to expect

"We are promoting e-mobility in our automobile industry. In biofuel mixing, we have progressed greatly by mixing petrol with diesel. We have provided 150 million families with clean cooking gas connections. With water conservation, rainwater harvesting and water resource development we have set up the Jal Jeevan Mission in which we will invest up to $ 50 billion in the coming years," he added. He also spoke about the single plastic ban and the need to act now. 

READ | All eyes on Climate Change discussions at UNGA Summit

UN Climate Action Summit 2019

According to the press release, leaders from government, business, and civil society announced potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had directed participating countries to come with concrete and realistic plans, to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050. The UN estimates that the world would need to increase its efforts between three- and five-fold to contain climate change to the levels dictated by science – a 1.5°C rise at most – and avoid escalating climate damage already taking place around the world.

READ | UN Youth Climate Summit: Young activists demand bold action

By 2030, 40% Indians will not have access to drinking water