MoS Environment Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld
“Government programs and policies such as the Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Smart Cities, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and Pradhan Mantri UjjwalaYojana, among others, all contribute to the achievement of development goals. sustainable.
“The central and state governments continue to maintain economic growth by introducing and implementing various policies and measures relating to sustainable development, climate change, energy efficiency and air pollution,” said the Minister.
He said that under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana program, more than 8.5 crore of gas connections have been provided to women from families living below the poverty line.
“This has contributed to cleaner air and resulted in a drastic reduction in respiratory illnesses and premature deaths according to recent medical reports,” he said.
Choubey said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country has embarked on the path of climate policy initiatives and green recovery through a structured approach, investments planned to tackle climate change such as renewable energies, energy efficiency and low-carbon transport are priorities and at the heart of the development agenda.
Addressing the conference, Suvendhu J Sinha, Advisor (Infrastructure Connectivity and Electric Mobility), NITI Aayog, said sustainability has become a common agenda and a common challenge for humanity.
“It is no longer confined to a particular country or group and has nothing to do with religion. It concerns the entire planet and must be treated as such. Sustainability calls for a change in mindset, preferences, lifestyle, values and ethics.
“Technological innovations will help us put new things in place and right the wrongs we may have done,” he said.
Sinha said initiatives to increase awareness need to be launched and all of these initiatives will require investment.
“Our credit agencies should be encouraged to review their priority loan portfolio and streamline the due diligence process for green sector loans,” he said.
He also stressed the need for the private sector to participate in a meaningful way to ensure a sustained flow of funds to lending institutions.
Bharat Lal, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, NJJM, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, said water scarcity should not become a limiting factor in our socio-economic development and our pursuit of high economic growth.
“The era of large dams is over because of environmental concerns. Existing dams and reservoirs need to be strengthened to be able to store more water. There is a holistic management of water resources under the responsibility of the ministry of Jal Shakti so that demand, supply and quality issues, among others, are dealt with in one place.
“The Jal Jeevan mission was launched with the aim of ensuring water security. The supply of tap water in rural areas has increased from 17% in 2019 to 43% at present and 90,000 to one lakh households per day receive tap water connection as part of the mission, ”he said.
According to Ravi Singh, CEO of World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF India), WWF recognizes that the ever-increasing human demand for resources puts enormous pressure on the biodiversity of our natural world.
“We have seen a 68% decline in the population size of animal species, fish, reptiles and amphibians over the past 60 years. The question of green, the warming of the gases of the oceans, the increase in the temperature of the earth are a global concern.
“As India’s industry is an evolving and intelligent sector, has also made efforts to address this concern through associations such as ASSOCHAM. It is estimated that India will contribute or require at least $ 2.5 trillion in ‘by 2030 as part of the nationally determined contribution of the country, “he said. .
He warned that the cost of the climate emergency is going to be quite high and that India is one of those countries that will be affected by the temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius.
“India is already doing a lot in the area of MSMEs, in the areas of innovation and the transition to different long-term environmentally friendly production methodologies,” Singh said.
The conference focused on relevant topics such as regulation and policies, the role of finance and finance institutions, an alternative source of green finance and ESG investment, the role and importance of private participation and challenges and opportunities in green investment and sustainability.