India aims to eliminate the usage of diesel, and replace it with renewable energy.
On 11 Feb 2021, RK Singh, the Union Minister of Power, announced that by 2024, India is targeting to eliminate diesel use in agriculture and replace fossil fuel with renewable energy. The country has set an aim to hike the share of non-fossil fuels and convert to a net-zero emitter by 2070.
This transition towards sustainability and energy efficiency is said to come with great emphasis on an effortful collaboration between central and state governments in order to create a large-scale impact. The same has already been reflected in the announcement meeting where, along with the officers of the Ministry of Power and MNRE, Additional Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of Power of states & union territories were also invited.
Under the same initiative, RK Singh stated commercial buildings and domestic buildings ECO NIVAS should follow ECBS (Energy Conservation Building Code). These should be in the building by-law, he suggested, adding that non-fossil fuel options can accommodate all the power demand with the aid of energy storage.
Singh talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment and dedication to India’s multipronged climate change initiatives and further stated that “The central government is working for a new and modern India, which cannot happen without modern power systems.”
In fact, this meeting was a part of the Prime Minister’s action for COP26 and reducing the overall carbon emissions of India.
It’s delightful to see the government taking pertinent, aggressive, and actionable efforts towards net-zero emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of the entire country. Seeing leaders coming forth and talking about these issues and their solution with such gravitas and practicality brings a lot more confidence to conscious citizens, as well.