By Pravin Jain, APA senior writerA recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 63% of respondents in India want to reduce their carbon footprint.
But how do you go about doing it?
The good news is that most Indian cities are doing something about it.
For instance, the country’s largest cities are adopting green-energy standards, reducing energy use and reducing waste.
So how do they get started?
The city government is taking a cue from London and Paris and creating green zones.
But what about the rest of the world?
Here are the 10 most ambitious cities that are doing it right:New Delhi, India: It started in 2008 and has since made major strides in reducing its emissions.
In 2020, the city launched the green zone, where residents can use a solar-powered lamp to charge their phones and laptops.
The city also started offering the same service in the evenings for a nominal fee.
Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Environment Authority, Dubai’s environmental watchdog, has set a goal to eliminate all urban smog by 2030.
The new plan involves creating a citywide network of smart meters, which will be installed in all residential areas.
The goal is to provide energy-efficient lighting in all areas, including offices, shopping malls, residential areas and workplaces.
The Paris Climate Convention, which took place in December 2020, is expected to result in significant improvements in the city’s air quality.
The country’s Environment Minister said the new plan will lead to the reduction of more than 40% of nitrogen dioxide in the air by 2030, as well as more than 1,000 square meters of carbon-neutral building material.
Paris, France: Since the first draft of the Paris Agreement, the world has achieved several goals related to climate change, including reducing emissions and providing more equitable access to finance.
The Paris climate conference in 2020 was one of the most ambitious ever, with nearly 1.3 billion participants.
The next one will be held in 2022.
The City of New York, New York City: In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New York area has been trying to figure out how to prepare for the storm.
Since the storm, the area has installed about 1,100 solar panels and has installed a solar heat pump.
The plan is to install solar heat pumps throughout the city by the end of 2020.
Other cities have taken the green-lighting approach too.
Paris has pledged to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by about half from 2005 levels by 2020, while Copenhagen has committed to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050.
The United Arab Emirates has also pledged to cut its carbon emissions by 25% by 2020.
The United States has pledged a reduction of 30% from 2005 emissions by 2030; the UK has committed a reduction in emissions by 30% by 2025; the EU has pledged an emissions reduction of 50% by 2040; and the US is set to reach that goal by 2044.
The European Union is also taking a green-lamp approach.
It has a plan to install 1,500 solar-thermal plants by 2025.
In the United States, there are plans to install more than 6,000 solar-power plants, and China plans to start installing them in 2020.