Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar and Ms Barbara Pompili, the French Minister for Ecological Transition launched the Indo-French Year of the Environment.
About Indo-French Year of the Environment
- The Indo-French Year of the Environment over the period 2021-2022 would be based on five main themes:
- environmental protection
- climate change
- biodiversity conservation
- sustainable urban development
- development of renewable energies and energy efficiency
- It is also a platform for engaging in discussions on critical areas of collaboration relating to environment and allied areas.
Areas of Cooperation
- climate change
- blue economy
- international solar alliance
- cooperation in the field of single-use plastic etc.
- The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) along with the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and other concerned Ministries/Departments/Organisations.
- A joint screening committee will also be set up to finalise the calendar of the events for the Indo-French Year of the Environment.
Objective behind the launch
- To strengthen Indo-French cooperation in sustainable development
- To increase the effectiveness of actions in favor of global environment protection and give them greater visibility
- This partnership towards global environment protection will set an example for the rest of the world to work more effectively and efficiently towards sustainable development.
India’s renewable energy status
- India has made significant progress towards climate change action & has already achieved 26% of reduction of emission intensity.
- As of 2020 the renewable capacity in India stands at 90 GW which includes 36 GW of solar energy & 38 GW of wind energy.