Good air: Fundamental Right of every individual

The IHW Council conducted a Good Air Summit in New Delhi to discuss with environmentalists, stakeholders from various sectors, and climate experts to exchange ideas on achieving a clean and Fundamental Right resilient cities, and safer lifestyles for all on Friday, June 7.

| Updated: 09 June, 2024 12:08 pm IST

New Delhi: The IHW Council conducted a Good Air Summit in New Delhi to discuss with environmentalists, stakeholders from various sectors, and climate experts to exchange ideas on achieving a clean and Fundamental Right resilient cities, and safer lifestyles for all on Friday, June 7.

The multiple panels at the summit cover broad topics from renewable energy to solar energy to climate tech, climate finance, and others.

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The first panel focused on climate tech and the carbon market. Rohit Kumar, Secretary-General of the Carbon Markets Association of India, stated that the targets are clear: “First, reduce the emission intensity of GDP by 45% compared to the 2005 level by 2030, and second, achieve 50% electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel energy among other targets.” While discussing electric vehicles, Manish Raj Singhania, President of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), added that “60% of three-wheelers are now electric.”

In another panel discussion focusing on solar energy, Ashwary Sharma, Head of Policy & Regulatory Affairs at the National Solar Energy Federation of India, explained where India is lacking in terms of solar installations. He also outlined a few government schemes to the audience, such as the subsidy of 30,000 per kilowatt on solar and the Kusum scheme, in which farmers can lease out their barren land to any solar developer.

Famous environmentalist Swami Prem Parivartan, also known as Peepal Baba, addressed the summit and shared his journey from planting a single tree to 1 crore 27 lakh trees, earning him the nickname ‘Peepal Baba’. He shed light on some key problems, stating, “People are not willing to come out of their comfort zone. For example, CSR is not investing money where there is land available, like in Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, or Bundelkhand.” He added, “Environmental issues should be addressed by the Health Ministry as people are dying from diseases like asthma and bronchitis.”

The summit concluded with the awarding of leaders who work towards the improvement of air quality from various fields such as research, policy, activism, and industry, aiming to redefine sustainability.

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