In his eighth speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, marking celebrations of the 75th year of Indian independence on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government is focusing on meeting its climate targets and towards this end, he announced the National Hydrogen Mission.
“Our efforts are showing results,” the PM said, adding that from an increase in forest cover, to increasing populations of Tigers and Asiatic Lions – the country is making strides in the environment sector adding, “We are giving equal emphasis to Environmental Security as to National Security. Be it biodiversity or land neutrality, climate change or waste recycling, organic farming, India is progressing in all these sectors.”
“We have already announced a target of achieving 450 GW Renewable Energy by 2030, and I am happy to say that out of this we have already achieved 100 GW ahead of time,” he said.
“The National Hydrogen Mission and the green hydrogen sector will give us a quantum jump in meeting our climate targets. We have to make India a green hydrogen hub, and this will also lead to a clean energy transition,’’he said.
Green hydrogen is produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using an electrolyzer powered by electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
“India is not energy independent. It spends over Rs 12 lakh crore on importing energy. We need to become energy independent before 100 years of independence is completed,’’he said. Modi said that this can be achieved through various schemes.
Modi further said that Indian Railways had targeted 2030 to attain net zero emissions.He further said that a circular economy was being emphasised by the government to achieve its environment goals, including schemes such as the new vehicles scrappage policy.