New Delhi: With an aim to make India self-reliant in energy sector and to achieve carbon neutrality, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced National Hydrogen Mission emphasising the need for clean and green energy.
Addressing the nation on the occasion of 75th Independence Day, PM said, “India is not energy independent. It spends over Rs. 12 lakh crores on importing energy. As we celebrate 75 years of Independence, we have to ensure that India becomes AatmaNirbhar in energy production too.”
“Green Hydrogen is the future of the world. Today, I announce the setting up of the National Hydrogen Mission,” PM said.
“We have to make India a Global Hub for Green Hydrogen production and export in the ‘Amrit Kaal’. This will not only help India to make new progress in the field of energy self-reliance but will also become a new inspiration for Clean Energy Transition all over the world,” he said.
“New opportunities from green growth to green job are opening up today for our start-ups and youth,” he added.
India has also made a move towards Electric Mobility and the work on 100% electrification of Railways is also progressing at a fast pace, he said adding, “Indian Railways has set a target of becoming Net Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030.”
The country is also emphasizing Mission Circular Economy. Our Vehicle Scrap Policy is a great example of the same, he said noting that India is the only country in the group of G-20 countries, which is moving fast towards achieving its climate goals.
India has set a target of 450 GW of renewable energy by the end of this decade – 450 GW by 2030. Of this, the target of 100 GW has been achieved by India ahead of schedule, he said.
He also said, “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.”
Emphasising that India will further accelerate its efforts towards the Blue Economy PM said, “The Deep Ocean Mission is the result of our ambition to explore the unlimited possibilities of the ocean. The mineral wealth which is hidden in the sea, the thermal energy which is in the seawater, can give new heights to the development of the country.”