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Dr. Harsh Vardhan Inaugurates 16th Workshop On Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia




NEW DELHI. Applauding the long-standing effort in creating a network of Asian countries on GHG inventory by Government of Japan, Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that for India, action on climate change is a moral and ethical responsibility and India is working under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, to achieve its obligations as per Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) principles. Inaugurating the 16th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA16) here today, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stressed that while efforts of experts are necessary, there is also a need for an active involvement of people in the fight against climate change. “We have committed to achieve 175 GW of installed capacity of renewable energy generation by 2022. We are firmly on path to achieve these targets. Other policy initiatives of the government include increasing penetration of LEDs, 5-10% Ethanol blending in petrol, increasing efficiency of coal power plants, and more efficient public transport”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said. He also referred to the decision to leapfrog from Bharat Stage IV (Euro IV) to Bharat Stage VI (Euro VI) standards for vehicular emissions by 2020. The Minister stated that as per the Paris Agreement, there is a need to enhance transparency in reporting, which is possible only through adequate finance and capacity building. “This workshop is a right step in that direction”, he added.

The Minister underlined that India is concerned about climate change and is committed to global action aimed at mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change. He referred to two more meetings on climate change scheduled for this month - India-Japan Climate Change Policy Research Workshop and India-Japan Joint Credit Mechanism Meeting.

The Environment Minister outlined Green Good Deeds, Green Good Behaviour, Green Good Practices and Green Social Responsibility being promoted amongst different stakeholders and accepted at various international forums, including BRICS Environment Ministers meeting recently. Dr. Harsh Vardhan urged the participants to perform one Green Good Deed every day and become its strong messenger and votary in transforming individual Green Good Deeds into a mass movement in all the participating countries.
(Updated pm July 11th, 2018)