India Reaffirms its Commitment to Curtail Carbon Emissions in the Antarctic Atmosphere

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Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Dr Jitendra Singh said, India is committed to the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystems, and the designation of Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.

He said, India also reaffirms its commitment to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. He was addressing an international conference commemorating the signing of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty in 1991. The treaty which came into force in 1998, designates Antarctica as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science”.

India has already adopted the green energy initiative by experimenting with the feasibility of wind energy production and installed moderate output of Wind Energy Generators on an experimental basis, he said.

“The choice of Combined Heat and Power for Bharati station to reduce carbon emissions in the Antarctic also promotes India’s pledge to protect the environment,” said the Union Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.

India is committed to the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystems, and the designation of Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science, he said.

The minister said India claims to implement all decisions, resolutions and measures adopted at ATCM in the Indian Antarctic programme effectively, use green alternate energy system in both the Indian Antarctic research stations like solar panels and wind energy generators so compromising use of fossil fuel gradually and make station efficient with alternate green energy.

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