India aims to reduce carbon footprints by nearly 35%: PM at PDPU convocation

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the government aims to significantly reduce India’s carbon footprint by 30 to 35 per cent while promoting the use of natural gas.

Speaking at the 8th convocation ceremony of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gujarat, PM Modi said, “Today the country is moving forward with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30-35 per cent and efforts are being taken to increase the share of natural gas in our energy needs by 4 times in this decade.”

“Furthermore, work is on to double the oil refining capacity in the next five years, energy security related startup ecosystem is being strengthened and a fund has been created for students and professionals,” the PMO said quoting Prime Minister Modi in a statement.

Addressing the graduating students through video conference, the Prime Minister also said that it is not an easy thing to graduate at a time when the world is facing such a big crisis, but your abilities are much bigger than these challenges.

PM Modi added that students are entering the industry at a time when due to pandemic, major changes are taking place in the energy sector across the world. “At this way, today the energy sector in India, has immense potential for growth, entrepreneurship and employment,” he said.

The Prime Minister asked the students to have a purpose in life and said that it’s not that successful people don’t have problems, but they accept challenges, confront them, defeat them and solve problems.

He also urged the students to live for the country and join the movement of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and develop a sense of responsibility.

“The hopes and expectations of the world are high from India in the 21st century and India’s hopes and expectations are associated with the students and professionals,” he added.

During the ceremony, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of 45 MW production plant of Monocrystalline Solar PhotoVoltaic panel and Centre of Excellence on Water Technology.

He also inaugurated ‘Innovation and Incubation Centre – Technology Business Incubation’, ‘Translational Research Centre’ and ‘Sports Complex’ at the University.

-RJV