India is committed to protecting the environment: Modi

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is committed to protecting the environment and is doing everything required for it but expects others to also fulfil their commitments.Modi said nations took a stand to come together at the 2015 COP-21 summit in Paris and work towards the common cause of sustaining the planet.India was on track to meet the 2030 Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), he said. The UN Sustainable Development Goals put us on the path of equality, equity and climate justice, he added.

“While we are doing everything that is required of us, we expect that others also join in to fulfil their commitments based on common but differentiated responsibility and equity,”Modi said, without taking any names.Discussing the goal of creating a carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2030, Modi said it had once seemed difficult to many but India had continued with its steady progress on that path.

“According to the UNEP Gap Report, India is on track to meet its Copenhagen Pledge of reducing the emissions intensity of its GDP by 20 to 25 percent over 2005 levels by 2020,”Modi added.”We are proud of our long history and tradition of harmonious existence between man and nature.”

The prime minister also raised concerns about the issue of water availability and asserted his commitment to ensure that no farm goes without water.”We are working to electrify every household of the country. With growing urbanisation, our transport needs are growing too, we are expanding the metro system as well,” he said.Over 2,000 delegates are participating in the summit, which seeks to create action frameworks to resolve some of the most urgent challenges facing developing economies in the backdrop of climate change.