making rapid strides in the renewable energy arena and
has successfully met a large part of its green energy generation targets, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi said during his speech at the opening session of the
2018 World Economic Forum at Davos in
"To save the environment and to fight climate change, my government has
planned a major campaign. By 2022, we want to generate 175 GW of renewable energy. In the last three
years, we have already achieved 60 GW or around one-third of this target,"
Modi also said India had taken the lead in
fighting climate change by setting up the International Solar
a global grouping of more than 121 countries, most of them being sunshine
countries, which fall either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer
and the Tropic of Capricorn. The grouping's aim is to work for efficient
exploitation of solar energy to cut dependence on fossil fuels..
He also referred to the first summit of the
International Solar Alliance: I am very
happy that in March this year, French President Francois Mccro and leaders of
member states of the Alliance will participate in the first summit of the
Alliance, which will be held in New Delhi on my joint invitation.
Modi said climate change was among the gravest
threats being faced by the humanity. "Extreme weather conditions are
rising by the day and the world should come together. Climate change is major
threat right now, snow in the Arctic is melting, many islands are sinking or
are about to sink," he said.
The Prime Minister said that terrorism and
protectionism are two other big threats that the world is facing today. He said
the Goods and Services Tax (GST), ending of license raj, scrapping unnecessary
laws, red carpet in place of red tape and FDI reform were among his
government's biggest achievements.
Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister in two
decades to join the world's top business leaders in the Swiss resort town of