GS Paper - 3 (Environment)

After the cabinet approval of the country’s updated ‘climate action plans’ - called Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the India Meteorological Department (IMD), government of Japan, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced a new initiative to accelerate climate action and climate-resilient development in 10 states/UT across the country.

What

  1. Projects worth $ 5.16 million will leverage the NDC to achieve net-zero emissions, climate-resilient development, and post-COVID green recovery in India in partnership with the ministry of new and renewable energy.
  2. The project will be rolled out in Delhi-NCR, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh in the current financial year.
  3. Under the initiative supported by Japan in terms of extending grant to UNDP India, all the agencies will jointly deploy clean energy infrastructure and low-emission technologies in key sectors including transport, health, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and agriculture.
  4. This includes solarizing 150 healthcare facilities, 20 micro-enterprises, and installing 85 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations and 30 solar cold storage systems across the 10 states/UT.