In a bid to further India’s cooperation on climate agreement, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar visited Berlin to attend Seventh St. Petersburg Dialogue.
In his opening remarks at the joint press conference with German Minister, Barbara Hendricks at the Seventh St. Petersburg Dialogue, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, said that pre-2020 actions are important.
The Minister also underlined the Joint Statement by Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel in October 2015.
“I am really very hopeful of the outcome of St. Petersburg Dialgoue, which is the 7th edition, in this beautifully designed hall, I have never seen a more beautiful hall anywhere and therefore, the result too will be positive.
Coming to today’s efforts, on 5th October 2015, Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel, both issued a Joint Statement and I think that is the basis of Indo-German partnership programme. We actually appreciate and we can think of emulating it at a future date. But by 2050, you will be meeting 80 per cent of your energy needs through renewable energy. That is the most laudable thing. Our earlier target was only 20 Giga Watts of solar energy. When Prime Minister Modi assumed office, we upscaled it by 5 times and made it 100 Giga Watts. Other renewable energy like wind energy, now we have opened it for offshore also.”