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On the occasion of World Environment Day, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched a ‘State Action Plan on Climate Change’ (SAPCC).
The Chief Minister released State Action Plan on Climate Change prepared by the State Climate Change Department in collaboration with experts from IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Gandhinagar and a report on the impact of Covid-19 on various sectors of the state.
Gujarat State Action Plan on Climate Change includes climate change adaptation, planning and measures for mitigation in the state till 2030.
Of the major climate change risks Gujarat faces are the rise in temperature, extreme rainfall and sea level rise. These risks affect agriculture, various economic sectors, infrastructure and population groups in different ways.
Rupani said that Gujarat is the region of diversity in terms of 1600km long coastline, forests, mountains, deserts. Due to climate change, we have been facing natural storms, heatwaves, heavy rains, etc.
“Gujarat has placed a special emphasis on the use of solar and wind energy and electric vehicles for environmental protection,” Rupani said in his address at the event. “The state government has decided not to allow new thermal power plants, and has instead realized the effort of green, clean energy by generating 9,000MW of wind and 5,000MW of solar energy.”
In the coming days, the CM said, Gujarat will be a leader in this field by producing 30 gigawatt of solar and wind energy. He added that his government was also promoting CNG and electric vehicles for pollution-free transportation.