Guj CM launches long-term action plan, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

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The Gujarat government unveiled its ‘State Action Plan on Climate Change’ on World Environment Day on Saturday with the aim of building a sustainable and climate-resilient future through planning coordination of climate adaptation and mitigation by 2030. Launching the climate plan at an event in Gandhinagar, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that Gujarat had become the first state in the country to implement a long-term action plan to meet the challenges of climate change.

He said the plan was prepared by the state climate change department in collaboration with experts from IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Gandhinagar, covering aspects such as renewable energy, water conservation energy, forestry, coastal areas, tribal areas, livestock, agriculture and health.

A statement from the state government said the report was formulated on the basis of the National Action Plan on Climate Change and India’s Nationally Determined Contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty dealing with climate change.

The state’s action plan aims to build a sustainable and climate-resilient future for its people, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, he added.

The plan has nine thematic clusters representing key priorities for Gujarat, including agriculture, water, health, forests and biodiversity, sea level rise and coastal infrastructure, energy efficiency and renewable energies, urban development, venerable communities as well as green jobs.

It will have strategies such as popular participation, mobilization of private investment as well as political measures and public investment, the government statement said.

“Gujarat has placed special emphasis on the use of solar and wind energy and electric vehicles for environmental protection. The state government has decided not to allow new thermal power plants and has instead achieved the green and clean energy effort by generating 9,000 MW of wind and 5,000 MW of solar,” Rupani said in his remarks at the event.

In the coming days, he said, Gujarat will be a leader in this field by producing 30 gigawatts of solar and wind power, adding that his government was also promoting CNG and electric vehicles for pollution-free transport. .

Gujarat alone accounts for 25% of the country’s solar rooftops, with 1.11 lakh households covered by the project, and the state has reduced 17 million tons of carbon emissions and saved 12.3 million tons of coal by adopting solar and wind power, CM added.

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