G20 summit: Modi advocates increase in research, development to meet global aspiration for clean energy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit

Antalya (Turkey), Nov 16: Emphasizing on the need to develop affordable renewable energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the G20 nations to increase the research and development activities to fulfil the global aspiration for clean energy.

The Prime Minister, who was speaking at the G20 Working Lunch on development and climate change, also proposed a seven-point agenda on climate change.

He said: “We should also ensure that finance and technology is available to meet the universal global aspiration for clean energy. G-20 can play an effective role in supporting the multilateral goals of increasing research and development to develop affordable renewable energy.”

Highlighting India’s plan of action on climate change, Modi said there is a need to shift from ‘carbon credit’ to ‘green credit’, adding “We must not only reduce fossil fuel use, but also moderate our lifestyle.”

The Prime Minister further said: “This includes additional capacity of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022; cut in subsidies on fossil fuel and tax on coal and National Clean Energy Fund of three billion US dollar to promote clean technologies.”

Modi said India does not see development and climate change as competing objectives, and added “This is centered on the belief in the unity of humanity and nature. We have ambitious plans for addressing the challenges of climate change.”

Prime Minister Modi said that India looks forward to a concrete outcome in Paris within the framework of the UN Convention on Climate Change.

“The framework has an appropriate balance of collective action: Equity and Common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities,” he said and outlined that the G20 countries should increase the share of traffic on public transportation in cities by 30 per cent by 2030.

“Development in harmony with nature is the goal of my proposal to launch, along with the French President Hollande, an alliance of solar-rich countries at the time of COP-21 meeting,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit working session, in Turkey on November 15, 2015. Photo courtesy: PMO

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed leaders of the world’s 20 top economies, including Prime Minister Modi, to the G-20 Summit being held at the Regnum Carya Hotel Convention Center here.

Modi for united global action to combat terror

Condemning strongly the terrorist attack in Paris, India on Sunday made a case for united global effort to combat the menace of terrorism.

“We stand united in strongly condemning the dreadful acts of terrorism in Paris… the entire humanity must stand together as one against terrorism. The need for a united global effort to combat terrorism has never been more urgent,” prime minister Narendra Modi said at the meeting of the BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

India, which takes over the chairmanship of BRICS from February 1, 2016, will accord priority to combating terrorism, he said.
In the worst ever terror attacks by ISIS in Paris on November 13, at least 129 people were killed and 352 injured, many in critical condition.

Combating terrorism, Modi said, “must also be a priority for BRICS nations”.

Besides Modi, BRICS meeting is being attended by Russian president Vladimir Putin, Chinese president Xi Jinping, South African president
Jacob Zuma and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.

With Paris attacks clouding the G20 summit, US president Barack Obama and UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Sunday arrived in the Turkish coastal town to join other world leaders including prime minister Narendra Modi for the meeting that would be dominated by talks on terror.

(With Agency Inputs)

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