India plans to propose a special session on solar energy in Paris climate change conference

30th Oct 2015
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India is likely to propose a special session on solar energy and issues related to technology transfer to developing nations during the UN climate change summit in Paris later this year. This was conveyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi during his bilateral meeting ahead of the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit here.


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“Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mentioned that during the upcoming Conference of Parties (CoP21) in Paris, in the context of power requirement. India would be proposing a special gathering to discuss solar energy and issues related to technology transfer in that sector,” Tanmaya Lal, Joint Secretary [E and SA] in the Ministry of External Affairs told reporters here.

India in its recently-announced climate action plans or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) has pledged to achieve about 40 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from “non-fossil fuel” based energy resources by 2030 in which a major chunk would be solar energy. India has already put forward an ambitious solar energy expansion programme which seeks to enhance the capacity to 100GW by 2022 and is also expected to be scaled up further thereafter.

India has maintained that green technology needs of emerging economies like itself are “crucial” to fight greenhouse gas emissions and has sought financial as well as technological support from developed nations. The CoP21 or the Paris Climate change conference is going to take place from November 30 to December 11 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Paris on November 30 to take part in its inaugural session.

The summit will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally-binding and universal agreement on climate to keep global warming below 2 C. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.

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