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India on its way to become a leader in green H2: Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh

India is more mindful of going for green energy than any other country in the world, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated.

He said particular importance is being given to green hydrogen, biofuel blending, and the exploration and production of biofuel from alternative sources.

Puri emphasized that India would eventually become a leader in the green hydrogen space. The target of 20 percent of ethanol blending has been brought forward from 2030 to 2025 and it would be achieved, he said.

Puri, also Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, stated India responded quickly and effectively when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world and one of the most important decisions was to fast-track vaccine development and manufacturing on a war footing.

"Whatever vaccine manufacturing capacity India had earlier, had almost got dismantled during the 2004-2014 period," Puri said while emphasizing that one of the most important decisions taken by the Modi government after the pandemic hit the world was to ramp up the vaccine manufacturing at an unprecedented speed.

The minister said he doesn't want to sound political on this.

"While we have seen pandemics before, when this Covid-19 pandemic hit us, it was more reminiscent of Spanish Flu due to the amount of destruction it caused across the world," he said.

Speaking at a session on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 here, Puri also talked about various transformational changes that have happened after 2014 during the Narendra Modi government.

The breakfast session on 'Unleashing the power of Indian diaspora for philanthropy, entrepreneurship and social impact', was organized by industry body CII and Indiaspora. 

Author : Debi Dash
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