India, US Commit To Accelerating Development And Deployment Of Clean Energy Solutions

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday referred to as for selling new and revolutionary low-carbon applied sciences that guarantee housing, service supply and higher mobility for all, and place folks on the forefront of sustainable city growth. The rising world city footprint makes extra vitality calls for in cities that are already liable for 78 per cent of world vitality consumption and 70 per cent of greenhouse fuel (GHG) emissions, he mentioned.

The Union housing and concrete affairs minister was talking at an occasion to mark the UN World Habitat Day 2021, with the theme of ‘Accelerating Urban Action for a Carbon-free World’.

Speaking on the financial and environmental imperatives for Indian cities, Puri mentioned India’s per capita emission of greenhouse gases is sort of low as in comparison with different developed international locations.

He mentioned India’s cumulative CO2 emissions from 1870-2017 is just three per cent as towards 25 per cent of the USA, 22 per cent of the EU and the UK, and 13 per cent of China.

“India aims to reach the kind of economic growth that the advanced economies have reached in the past through their heavy industrialisation patterns but India may not necessarily follow that path of development as we are aware of the environmental cost.

“India recognises the significance of its cities within the nation’s transformation as India’s city areas are anticipated to contribute as a lot as 70 per cent of the nationwide GDP by 2030,” a statement quoted Puri as saying.

The minister said that India has to achieve economic aspirations and realise its environmental responsibilities, adding that there can be no doubt that planning for low-carbon cities will be necessary to achieve the sustainable development goals in the country, particularly Goal 11 and Goal 13.

“If SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) succeeds, will probably be as a result of India will succeed,” he said, adding that global targets are not likely to be met without India’s contributions.

Puri said the urban missions like the Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Smart Cities Mission, Urban Transport, and AMRUT launched by the Modi government have contributed immensely to reducing GHG emissions.

Not only were these missions part of the most comprehensive urbanisation programmes, they are also important components of our response to climate change, Puri said.

On the use of sustainable and energy-efficient methods in building houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), he said certified green buildings can deliver energy savings between 20-30 per cent and water savings of up to 30-50 per cent.

More than 16 lakh houses being built under the mission today are utilising green technologies, and this will help in mitigating around 12 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent of GHG emissions by 2022 under the PMAY Mission, the minister said.

PMAY prioritised the promotion of low-carbon building technologies through the Global Housing Technology Challenge, wherein six Light House Projects (LHP) consisting of about 1,000 houses each are being constructed, he added.

On his part, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said that urban centres are critical to delivering or creating a climate safe world.

“Cities are extra depending on vitality than rural areas and have appreciable ecological footprints,” Mishra mentioned, including that accelerated urbanisation catapults calls for for mass transportation, industrial and industrial actions and exerts undue strain on vacant city land. 


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