While speaking at an event in Pune, State environment minister Aditya Thackeray said the city could be carbon neutral by 2025 and it had already been following environment-friendly practices regarding solid waste management.
Thackeray was in the city to release the Climate Collective Pune, a policy road map by the Pune International Centre for making the Pune metropolitan region (PMR) carbon neutral by 2030. The launch of the road map was organized by the Pune International Centre (PIC) at Finolex Board Room, MCCIA, Senapati Bapat road.
Praising the city’s fight for a cleaner environment, Thackeray added, “I will try to implement the ‘Pune Pattern’ of eco-friendly products and practices in Mumbai too.”
“Models like waste-to-energy have been tried in Pune. Garbage segregation is being undertaken. I have been trying to replicate such initiative in the assembly constituency I represent. It is an ideal model, which can be followed not just statewide, but also across the country.” he said.
Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, President, PIC, said, “Our aim to become carbon neutral by 2030 is not difficult. Pune has the capability to achieve it and convert ideas into action. The role of the government and today’s youth is crucial as their future we are talking about.”
Apart from this, Aaditya Thackeray also called for solar panels and windmills along the highway and expressway in a bid to foster environment-friendly solutions for renewable energy.
The minister also emphasized on the importance of environmental impact reports as the lack of its standing to form corrective measures has seen a spurt in protests against the government. Thackeray also said that it would be a shame to contest elections on the promise of oxygen hotspots on the lines of offering free WIFI.
“The environment ministry should be made a part of different departments of the government,” he added. Elaborating on clean energy solutions for a sustainable future, he underscored the growth in the number of electric vehicles used for public mobility. “But, the charging stations should also be surrounded by a clean ecosystem for the generation of power,” he said.
“Urban farming needs to be promoted too,” he said, adding, “The present generation is being penalised for the environment damages done by the present generation. We need to stop taxing the present.”