India’s Climate Action Plan ambitious, progressive: Javadekar

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) India’s Climate Action Plan submitted to the United Nations was “comprehensive, ambitious and progressive” which will help reduce emission intensity to a large extent, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

“The plan submitted by India is comprehensive, ambitious and progressive. India targets to reduce the emission intensity by 33 to 35 percent in the next 15 years and will curb 3.95 billion tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030,” he said at a press conference here.

Ahead of the crucial, 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, India has made a 38-page submission under what is called the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

The deadline to submit the plan was October 1, 2015 and India submitted it at midnight to coincide it with birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi on October 2.

“Much before the climate change debate began, Mahatma Gandhi, regarded as the father of our nation, had said that we should act as ‘trustees’ and use natural resources wisely as it is our moral responsibility to ensure that we bequeath to the future generations a healthy planet,” the document said.

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