India's Environment Minister, Bhupender Singh Yadav said on Tuesday that the country is committed to achieving its target of 500 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity by 2030.
Yadav was addressing officials and stakeholders at the two-day sensitisation and review workshop on National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) for the Western Region states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh in Mumbai.
"India has set an example by not only implementing its vision and actions, but also by becoming a voice for the developing countries in matters of environment,” he said. Stating this, he noted that India needs to focus on green and renewable energy. “We have committed to achieve 500 gigawatt (GW) renewable energy capacity by 2030, and cut emissions to net zero by 2070," said Yadav.
Yadav asked all officials and stakeholders in the workshop to work with a missionary zeal and understand that fighting air pollution is not just a job, but a service to humanity. He emphasised that public participation is key to achieving cleaner air for all with sensitisation of mayors, NGOs, students, and the public.
National Clean Air program launched in Mumbai
The National Clean Air program has been launched in Mumbai by the Centre as a long-term, time-bound, national level strategy to tackle the air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner.
It aims to achieve 20% to 30% reduction in Particulate Matter concentrations by 2024 keeping 2017 as the base year.
The city specific action plans have been prepared which include measures for strengthening the monitoring network, reducing vehicular/industrial emissions, increasing public awareness etc.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has been organising Workshops across the country to sensitise and exchange ideas and best practices on fighting air pollution.