Solar helping India stay On Track to Fulfill Climate Commitments : WSDS 2019

Solar helping India stay On Track to Fulfill Climate Commitments : WSDS 2019

The WSD Summit 2019 was kicked off in New Delhi, with Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan highlighting the need for efficiency and India’s momentum towards fulfilling its climate commitments.

WSDS 2019

Building on the momentum of last year’s summit, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), one of India’s leading think tanks, kickstarted the World Sustainable Development 2019 (WSDS 2019). The summit was inaugurated by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Naidu spoke about the many facets of sustainable development like inclusive development, sustainable mobility and urbanisation, energy security, waste management, and green innovation. “We need nature and culture for a better future,” he said.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, said, “Climate change and environmental problems are amongst the biggest challenges today. It goes without saying that these issues need to be addressed collectively by all of us before it is too late.”

Speaking about the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change collaborating with TERI to set up a Resource Efficiency Cell, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Anticipating increased demand for raw materials in the future, it is vital to institute the best in resource efficiency as an effort toward decoupling economic growth and human wellbeing from ever-increasing consumption of natural resources and the resulting impacts. The Cell will enable inter-ministerial and interdepartmental synergy in promoting material resource efficiency in India while helping frame the blueprint of the integrated Resource Efficiency policy for India.”

The three-day Summit seeks to bring together over 2000 delegates including global leaders, policymakers, government top officials and thinkers in the fields of sustainable development, energy, and environment sectors.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for