Union Minister of Environment, Climate Change, and Heavy Industries Prakash Javadekar has said that he is hopeful that India would be able to achieve its goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 35 percent in the next ten years.
Addressing a session on Action Agenda for Sustainable and Self Reliant India during the 15th Sustainability Summit 2020, the minister said India was committed to reducing carbon emissions and was confident about upscaling solar power capacity from 175 gigawatts to 220 gigawatts by 2022.
“The share of non-fossil sources in the installed capacity stands at 37 percent today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared and upscaled the target from 175 GW of solar power to 220 GW by 2022 and we are confident we will achieve this,” he said.
He also said that it is important to achieve a green Earth with clean air and blue skies post COVID – 19 despite the odds and that it is possible to do so alongside industrial activity. He pitched for promoting sustainability as only it could “save humankind from nature’s worst fury.”