India needs to balance environment issues and sustainable development

Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar, the Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, said India needs to balance the efforts towards environment protection and sustainable development.

The Minister was delivering a 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).

Prakash JavadekarRegarding the ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ that India has to submit before the Paris Climate Conference 2015, the Minister said 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 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 CEEW conference aims at initiating discussions on India’s Climate strategy prior to and post Paris 2015.  The Conference also intends to discuss strategies and frameworks that would support India’s position in the Climate Change discourse in Paris 2015.

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