As India aims for net zero emission by 2070, President Murmur’s address highlighted Nation’s goals and achievements in fossil fuel-free energy.
President of India, Droupadi Murmu, announced a significant shift towards green energy In her address to the joint session of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha at the new Parliament building. She highlighted that the nation’s renewable energy capacity has more than doubled, reaching an impressive 188 gigawatts (GW), with solar capacity reaching 26-fold growth.
These developments are part of India’s ambitious plans for an energy transition. India is targeting net-zero emissions by 2070 and aiming for 500GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. India is working towards achieving 50% of its power generation capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by the same year.
President Murmu stressed the growing global demand for eco-friendly products and the government’s dedication to the “Zero Effect Zero Defect” initiative. She mentioned that non-fossil fuel-based energy capacity had increased from 81GW to 188GW over the past decade. This growth includes not just solar power, which saw a 26-fold increase, but also wind power capacity, which doubled. India now ranks fourth globally in both overall renewable energy and wind power capacity, and fifth in solar power capacity.
President Murmu highlighted achievements across various renewable energy sectors, including solar energy, wind energy, large hydro, biomass power, small hydro, and waste-to-energy capacities, referencing data from the Central Electricity Authority. She mentioned the launch of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana’, a scheme designed to financially support one crore households in installing rooftop solar power systems.
She touched upon advancements in nuclear and hydrogen energy projects and the nation’s success in reaching 12% ethanol blending, with plans to increase this to 20% in the near future. These efforts are aimed at reducing India’s reliance on imported energy.