India's 175GW renewable energy production target is on a path of success, claimed Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. He added that the nation has achieved half of its the programme's target.
The union minister spoke about the government's efforts to impose a tax on coal production, promote e-vehicles, tax concessions, and steps to tackle water scarcity in the nation.
He said that the government will come up with an ambitious and appropriate Delhi Declaration On Tuesday. This is to ensure the speedy restoration for degraded land for sustainable growth.
Javadekar was speaking at the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida. Representatives of 200 nations participated in the event. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were also present at the event.
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was adopted in Paris in 1994. India joined the treaty in 1996.
The centre has plans to achieve 175GW energy capacity by 2022. The union minister said that India has currently installed renewable energy capacity of 80GW.
Javadekar added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also played a leading role at the Paris Summit and he is fully committed to sustainable development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke at the convention. He said that India will restore 26 million hectares of land by 2030. This will create an additional carbon sink for the country.
Modi announced that between 2015 and 2017, India's forest cover has increased by 0.8 million hectares. He added that the nation is working on zero-budgeting farming, micro-irrigation, biofertilizers and water management. He said that a separate industry is working on Swachh Bharat campaign and eliminating the use of single-use plastic.