New Delhi, April 23: India has made strides towards providing “real solutions” to tackle climate change, TERI Director General Ajay Mathur said today, a day after the country signed the Paris accord along with more than 170 nations. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: What India, China Discussed During 16-Hour Long Military-Level Talks | Read Here

“Since the finalisation of the Paris Accord, India has already made strides towards providing real solutions to the very real problems of climate change. As a developing nation, we have found that growth has presented us with a great opportunity to set in motion our strategies for addressing climate change,” said Mathur, who is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India-China Hold 10th Round of Military Talks For Further Disengagement | What to Expect

He said in its journey towards sustainable growth which ensures protection of the planet against climate change, India has learnt that real-time data and human and institutional capacity are absolutely necessary for proper implementation of any plan. Also Read - After Acknowledging Casualties, China Releases Galwan Clash Video

“These can be further strengthened when nations are able to learn from each other, share and build on each other’s experiences and lend support, whether financial or in terms of expertise. Going forward, India believes these will be instrumental towards the success of our common goal of ensuring just climate action,” he said.(ALSO READ:TERI chief RK Pachauri goes on leave amid charges of sexual assault).

India had yesterday signed the historic Paris climate agreement along with more than 170 nations, marking a significant step that has brought together developing and developed countries for beginning work on cutting down greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar signed the agreement in the UN General Assembly hall at a high-level ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Elaborating India’s initiatives, Mathur said one of the country’s first efforts to be rolled out has been the market-based LED lighting initiative.
Since initiation of the programme, India has completed the replacement of 100 million incandescent bulbs with LEDs which has led to a “major” reduction in carbon footprint by cutting nearly 25 million tons of carbon dioxide.