New Delhi: The Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change,Prakash Javadekar has said that Government’s initiatives, efforts, and action plans to pursue the clean and renewable energy path had put India in a leadership position in dealing with climate change issues. India’s Solar Energy programme which aims to generate 1 lakh MW Electricity by 2020, and other initiatives on wind energy deployment, water conservation, and protecting coastlines and Himalayan Ecosystem, reflected Government’s commitment towards environment protection and sustainable development. The Minister stated this while delivering the Keynote Address at the Conference on ‘Negotiating the Climate Cliff: India’s Climate Policy and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)’ organized by Council on Energy, Environment & Water (CEEW), a think-tank on environment issues, here today.
Regarding the ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ that India has to submit before the Paris Climate Conference 2015,Javadekar said that various modalities and frameworks for developing India’s INDCs were being worked out. The Government would take into account the issues of accessibility of key technologies and financial mechanisms that support Climate Change initiatives, the Minister added. The Minister also reiterated the need to balance the efforts towards environment protection and sustainable development.