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Major Economies Forum: India’s environment minister urges ‘most fortunate’ to lead in tackling climate change

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav represented India at the virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) hosted by US President Joseph Biden.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 19 Jun 2022, 6:50 pm

Indian Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav (PHOTO: Facebook)
Indian Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav (PHOTO: Facebook)

Equity and international cooperation hold the key to success in tackling global warming and climate crisis and those most fortunate must lead the way, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav said at the virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF).

“Global warming warns us that equity and international cooperation, leaving no one behind, hold the key to success, where those most fortunate must lead the way,” Yadav said, representing India at the global event hosted by US President Joseph Biden on June 17.

The MEF meeting was aimed at galvanising actions that are to strengthen energy security and tackle the climate crisis thereby building momentum for COP27.

The meeting was attended by 23 major economies across the world and the Secretary General of United Nations.

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The MEF leaders shared the initiatives being taken by them to deliver on their respective climate change commitments.

Emphasising on India’s continued commitment to contributing toward global collective action to combat climate change, Bhupender Yadav said India’s initiatives go beyond its borders, including the International Solar Alliance, and the Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure.

Yadav mentioned that India has already installed 159 GW of non-fossil fuel based electricity generation capacity. And during the last 7.5 years, India’s installed solar energy capacity has increased over 18 times, he said.

Yadav highlighted that India’s annual per capita emissions are only a third of the global average and its cumulative GHG emissions are less than four percent, but India’s climate targets are ambitious and reflect its commitment to the global good. 

Without cumulative emissions in check, success with other environmental challenges, even if they are achieved, will not carry lasting value, he said.

“No nation can undertake this journey alone. Right understanding, right thought and cooperative action need to set our path for the next decisive half a century. All nations must adhere to their fair share of the global carbon budget”.

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Yadav also mentioned how the Panchamrit goals are being fructified through one of the largest clean energy development plans in the world. “India is on track to meet its commitments, through adoption of low carbon policies across key sectors of our economy ranging from green hydrogen mission to e-mobility,” he said.

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First published:19 Jun 2022, 8:26 am

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