Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 5
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday appealed to key industry leaders from steel, cement, power and pharmaceutical sectors to work with the government in combating climate change and helping India achieve the targets set under the Paris Climate Agreement.
Following the appeal by the minister, industry leaders took a pledge to work with the government to tackle climate change and build sustainable economies by adopting measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy.
The corporate sector espoused confidence and expressed their support towards a coordinated response by the government and private sector on climate change which would help protect the country’s interests and ensure that India is on track towards meeting its climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement, according to a statement by the ministry.
Addressing the India CEO Forum on Climate Change, Javadekar requested the companies to provide their internal roadmaps and targets on a yearly basis to the Environment Ministry and participate in achieving targets set under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Releasing a Declaration on Climate Change signed by 24 key industry captains and the Ministry, he said that this declaration by private sector companies, voluntarily was a historic step.
“I appeal and I am sure factories are reducing emissions and bringing more greenery in campuses. Using new technologies to save water and (increase) energy efficiency is also a concern which you are taking care of. You (CEOs) are the captains. This is a CEOs’ forum. You will give shape to India’s actions,” he said.
The CEOs and top managers of companies, including Reliance Industries Ltd, Tech Mahindra, Dalmia Cement, Ambuja Cement, Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma and Adani Transmission, attended the discussion.
Javadekar said that India was among the few countries which was 2 degrees compliant and has taken many decisive actions, in fighting climate change, not only at the government level but even at the private level, which shows our commitment and resolve.
India is doing well towards achieving its nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, he added.
India is a signatory to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.