Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed the importance of strengthening collaboration on the “fuels for the future” and said that the ‘High-level Principles on Hydrogen' are a step in the right direction.
In a video message, PM Modi addressed the G20 Energy Ministers Meet in Goa over the weekend. Welcoming the dignitaries to India, the Prime Minister said that any discussion about the future, sustainability, growth and development is incomplete without mentioning energy as it impacts the development of individuals and nations at all levels.
The Prime Minister underlined that even though every nation has a different reality and pathway for energy transition, he firmly believes that the goals of every country are the same. Throwing light on India’s efforts in green growth and energy transition, he pointed out that India is the most populated nation and the fastest-growing large economy in the world and yet is strongly moving towards its climate commitments.
“India is also among the global leaders in solar and wind power”, the Prime Minister said as he expressed delight that the Working Group delegates got a chance to witness the level and scale of India's commitment to clean energy by visiting the Pavagada Solar Park and Modhera Solar Village.
Highlighting the achievements of the country in the last 9 years, the Prime Minister informed that India connected more than 190 million families with LPG while also recording the historic milestone of connecting every village with electricity. He also touched upon working to provide piped cooking gas to people which has the potential to cover more than 90 per cent of the population in a few years.
“Our effort is to work for inclusive, resilient, equitable and sustainable energy for all,” he added.
The Prime Minister informed that in 2015, India began a small movement by launching a scheme for the use of LED lights which turned out to be the largest LED distribution program in the world saving us more than 45 billion units of energy per year. He also touched upon starting the largest agricultural pump solarisation initiative in the world and India's domestic electric vehicle market projection of 10 million annual sales by 2030.
He extended an invitation to all participating nations to join the Green Grids Initiative – “One Sun, One World, One Grid” of the International Solar Alliance.
The Prime Minister underlined that caring for the surroundings can be natural or cultural but it is India's traditional wisdom that strengthens Mission LiFE – Lifestyle for Environment, a movement that will make each one of us a climate champion.
Concluding the address, the Prime Minister emphasised that our thoughts and actions must always help preserve our ‘One Earth’, protect the interests of our ‘One Family’, and move towards a Green ‘One Future’ no matter how we transition.