Indo-French Year of the Environment
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched the Indo-French year of Environment. The Indo-French Environment year was launched by the minister along with his French counterpart Barbara Pompili.
- The Indo-French Year of the Environment over the period 2021-2022 will be based on 5 major themes: climate change, environmental protection, sustainable urban development, biodiversity conservation, and the development of renewable energies and energy efficiency.
- It will also serve as a platform for discussions on collaboration in critical areas related to the environment and allied areas.
- This collaboration and the Indo-French Environment year will be held under the Ministry of Ecological Transition, in association with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs along with the support of the Embassy of France in Delhi and its partners from the French side.
- From the Indian side, it will be coordinated by the Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Ministry along with the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, New and Renewable Energy Ministry, and other related Ministries/Departments.
- A joint screening committee will also be set up for finalizing the events calendar for the Indo-French Year of the Environment.
- The main aim of this Indo-French Environment year is to increase cooperation between both the countries in sustainable development, global environment protection by increasing actions in its favor.
India has already achieved a 26% of reduction in emission intensity. The renewable capacity in India as of the year 2020 stands at 90 GigaWatt. This includes 38 GigaWatt of wind energy and 36 GigaWatt of solar energy.