India and Denmark have set very ambitious national targets on climate and energy that will contribute to an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. Together, the two countries can show the world that delivering on ambitious climate and sustainable energy goals is possible, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav said.
Addressing The India—Denmark: Partners for Green and Sustainable Progress Conference, Yadav said, it is also necessary, at the same time, to commit ourselves to the founding principles of the Rio Convention, he added.
The Minister said, the Indo-Danish Green Strategic Partnership is an appropriate forum to exchange ideas, best practices, knowledge, technology, capacity building for promoting sustainable lifestyles including LiFE, not only in Denmark and India, but for Europe and the whole world.
Yadav said that since the launch of the “Green Strategic Partnership” during the Virtual Summit on September 28, 2020 between Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the bilateral cooperation is focussed on promoting green and sustainable development.
He said that during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Denmark in May, 2022, India and Denmark agreed to further strengthen the Green Strategic Partnership with a focus on green hydrogen, renewable energy and waste water management. The Minister said that Green Strategic Partnership between the Denmark and India opened a new chapter in the friendly and cooperative relations between the countries.
The Minister said that unsustainable production and consumption needs urgent attention, if we are to confront the global environmental and climate change related challenges that we face today. We need to act fast before it is too late.
Yadav said that at the recently concluded COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, the importance of sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP) in global efforts to combat climate change was underscored.
In this connection, Yadav called the attention of the gathering to LiFE or Lifestyle for Environment, announced and launched by the Prime Minister . He said that in line with the global commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, Mission LiFE contributes directly or indirectly to almost all the SDGs, including on sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, climate change, life on land and life under water.