Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said India is leading from the front and implementing all its climate pledges well before time. Speaking at the inaugural session of the World Sustainable Summit, held virtually and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Javadekar said India has reduced emission intensity and increased forest cover under the leadership of its prime minister.

Four international reports say that India, under Modi, is leading from the front and implementing all its pledges well before time. We have reduced emission intensity, increased forest cover and given a new target for the restoration of degraded land and 450-gigawatt target of renewable energy will be achieved. This is our country’s ethos, he said. He said Modi brought on the international table for the first time the issues of lifestyle and climate justice.

Prime Minister said, India committed to reduce the emissions intensity of GDP by 33 to 35 per cent from 2005 levels and a drop of 24 per cent of emission intensity has already been achieved. He said, the destination we seek is of a greener planet and our culture’s deep respect for forest and green cover is translating into outstanding results. The Prime Minister said, the mission to achieve sustainable development also includes animal protection and in recent years, the population of Lion, Tiger and Leopard has grown substantially. He said, India is among the top three countries to increase its forest covers and it has 1/4th forest covers of the geographical area.

The three-day Summit convened on the theme ‘Redefining Our Common Future: A Safe and Secure Environment for All’. The annual meeting will engage with top world leaders on shaping the energy and climate agenda ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, UK. The virtual inaugural session was attended by Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, James Marape, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker of the People’s Majlis, Republic of Maldives and Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations.