Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that global warming and climate change are affecting various aspects of human life. Shri Naidu also said that harnessing renewable energy resources would help to overcome the daunting challenges posed by global warming, climate change and pollution generated from conventional energy sources, and ensure sustainable development.
Speaking at the inaugural of 24th SUN Meet-i-SUN CaP (International capacity Augmentation Programmes for the “Sunshine Countries of ISA” organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) on 21st October 2019 in New Delhi, the Vice President said that moving to renewables would not only ensure energy security but also help in protecting the climate and reducing pollution.
The Vice President called upon the policymakers and experts in the renewable energy sector to take steps to tap the vast potential of solar energy around the world and make solar energy affordable for all. He asked all the member nations of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to develop solar resources and pertinent technology so that the use of fossil resources is reduced.
The Vice President said that he wanted to see every house, institution, and organization to have their own solar panels on rooftops to meet their energy demands and vastly reduce carbon footprint.
Observing that India has huge potential to become the leader in the solar energy sector, Shri Naidu expressed happiness over the way renewable energy resources have been developed in India.
Recalling that India and France were the founding countries of ISA, the Vice President said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and former French President Mr. Francois Hollande initiated the project to combine the efforts of both countries to work against climate change and promote renewable energy in place of fossil fuels.
He said that the idea of a concrete road map towards sustainability had also been reiterated by the Prime Minister of India in the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York. He said that the solar alliance would play a vital role in realizing his dream of “Climate action: Time to Act Now”.
Shri Naidu said that the ISA’s vision includes undertaking joint efforts to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology in producing renewable energy across the globe and also to mobilize more than USD 1000 billion of investment by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy and pave the way for future technologies.
The Vice President lauded IIPA for signing MoU with ISA for capacity-building of its member countries in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation under ITEC-programme of Ministry of External Affairs.
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