15th November, 2016, Marrakech
India Pavilion at the ongoing COP 22 in Marrakech hosted a session on ‘Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy’. The session was hosted by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, here on Monday. Joint Secretary, MNRE, Mr. Santosh Vaidya moderated the session and highlighted the linkages between women empowerment and renewable energy.
Taking into account the ambitious plan of 175 GW Renewable energy in India’s INDC, it was apprised that 46 GW of RE has already been achieved by the Government and six hundred thousand LEDs have been distributed per day. He also highlighted the scheme initiated by the Government to reduce the dependence of women on biomass for meeting their fuel and lighting needs, where LPG has been provided to all rural household. The Official launch of the Global Flagship Programme on Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy, hosted in partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and UN Women also took place during the session.
Secretary (MoEF&CC) Shri. Ajay Narayan Jha supported the fact that women empowerment is the most important aspect and appreciated MNRE’s initiative who forefront this challenge.
Assistant-Secretary-General, United Nations, & Deputy Executive Director, UN Women Ms. Lakshmi Puri, highlighted the importance of women entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy programme. She also highlighted the fact that in India, approximately 85 per cent of rural households use firewood and other solid fuels as the primary source of household energy. Ms. Puri also told the gathering that the lack of access to clean energy also has a direct link to violence against women. Improving energy access would significantly improve the quality of women’s lives, including their health. Empowering women by enabling their access to energy also results in improvements to women’s social conditions.
Dr. David King, UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, DFID also appreciated the India’s ambitious plan for Renewable Energy and energy shift which is critically important for the lives of human well-being.
India’s INDC is prepared in a balanced and comprehensive manner to reflect all issues of:
Mitigation,Adaptation,ClimateFinance, Technology transfer and Capacity building while simultaneously endeavoring to meet all the developmental challenges that the country faces today.