What’s Up, Ambassador?

Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges of our time. If not tackled, the consequences for all of us would be dire. Recently, at the Paris Climate Conference all the nations of the world committed to limiting climate change to well below two degrees Celsius. This was rightfully celebrated as a great success, but it also means that a lot of work needs to be done by all of us to achieve the agreed goal.

The good news is: solutions are available. Clean energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass bear the potential to completely replace climate-killing fossil fuels in power generation. Germany, with its exemplary energy transition policy, is pioneering this urgent and imperative process. In 2015, an impressive 30 per cent of our energy was derived from clean energy sources—mainly wind, solar and biomass. By 2050, we aim to reach a clean energy share of at least 80 per cent.

India, too, is increasingly turning towards non-fossil fuel-based energy. The Indian government has announced its intention to increase the country’s clean energy capacity to 175 gigawatts by 2022. Germany is helping India realise this ambitious endeavour under the framework of the new Indo-German Solar Partnership, for which Germany intends to contribute more than 7,000 crore rupees. In addition, since 2013 Germany has contributed around 8,500 crore rupees for the creation of India’s Green Energy Corridors.

To avert the catastrophic ramifications of unmitigated climate change, it is crucial that we make the worldwide transition to clean energy. There is a time for change, and the time is now.

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” — Thomas Edison (1847–1931)