IMD-UNDP initiates a new project to speed up climate action in 10 States and Union Territories throughout the nation has been unveiled by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the government of Japan, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). During the years 2022–2023, the project of IMD-UNDP will be implemented in the following states: Bihar, Delhi–NCR, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. UNDP India has received a $5.16 million climate grant from Japan for the project of IMD-UNDP. This is a component of the worldwide assistance provided by Japan to 23 nations through the UNDP‘s “Climate Promise — From Pledge to Impact” initiative.
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IMD-UNDP: Key Points
- India made a commitment to reduce its projected carbon emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030, install 500 GW of non-fossil energy capacity by 2030, reduce its carbon intensity by less than 45% by the end of the decade, and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2070 at the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021.
- The collaborative endeavour of IMD-UNDP will help Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) reach net-zero emissions and guarantee development that is climate resilient.
- The Ministry of Earth Sciences and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will work with the IMD to implement it (MNRE).
- The new NDCs for India were approved by the Cabinet to be communicated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change one week before to the launch.
IMD-UNDP: Climate Planning
In order to promote both climate reduction and climate resilience, IMD-UNDP will collaborate. In important industries like transportation, health, MSMEs, and agriculture, clean energy infrastructure and emission-reduced technology will be implemented by IMD-UNDP. This involves establishing 85 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and 30 solar cold storage systems throughout the 10 States, as well as solarizing 150 healthcare facilities and 20 microbusinesses by IMD-UNDP.
With the help of climate information flow systems for 30 Gram Panchayats, resilient climate planning will be put on display at the local level. The programme by IMD-UNDP plans to train and skill over 2,000 people in order to create green businesses and jobs in industries like renewable energy. The same objectives of IMD-UNDP of decarbonization and sustainable development would necessitate greater climate partnerships, according to HokugoKyoko, Minister (Economic and Development), Embassy of Japan in India.