Paris or no Paris, our commitment to preserving the climate is for the sake of future generations. I would rather take the side of our future generations… We must leave for our future generations a climate wherein they can breathe clean air and have a healthy life… India is a responsible nation with regard to climate change… Exploitation of nature is not acceptable to us… For the last 5,000 years, even when I was not born, it has been the tradition in India to protect the environment.
Indian Prime Minister
The US is harming itself and the world. We in Germany, Europe and the world will band together to take more decisive action than before.
We will not renegotiate a less ambitious accord. Don’t be mistaken; there is no plan B because there is no planet B.
We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies.
Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Paolo Gentilone
German Chancellor, French President and Italian PM
We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement… While the US decision is disheartening, we
remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies.
A reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world. But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.
Former US Vice-President
Our commitment from ISHRAE to sustainable practices in the building construction industry broadly, and in particular with regard to energy efficiency of the HVAC systems that contribute to approximately 50 to 60% of the energy in the built environment space, will always stay on the topmost layer of attention and importance. Specifically on the Paris Agreement that calls for necessary actions to be taken by the developing and developed countries to curb the rise in global temperatures and other climate changes that are happening significantly, our support is much stronger today in spite of the various shifts in stand that we are witnessing right now. Addressing Climate Change is one of the topmost points of our agenda and will always remain so.
Our member-established mission underscores our mandate to serve humanity and create a more sustainable world. ASHRAE is a global Society of 57,000 dedicated professionals in more than 130 countries, committed to reducing the environmental impact of buildings by making them more energy efficient. Our mission will not waiver as geopolitical tides rise and fall. Now, more than ever, ASHRAE affirms its mission to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. ASHRAE’s work is based on research and science. The Society will continue to establish best practice standards for the design and operation of buildings that have lower environmental impacts and concurrently optimize health and human comfort for occupants. Our Society remains dedicated
to engineering excellence in environmental stewardship. In fact, the recent Paris Accord announcement makes the critical role of ASHRAE members in reducing the environmental impact of buildings more important than ever before.
We at Daikin completely support our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stand on India’s commitment to the Paris Agreement irrespective of what other nations decide. India will continue to take up the leadership of saving the planet from climate change while others shy away from their leadership, and will continue to lead the focus on sustainable
lifestyles enshrined in the Paris Agreement. It would be wrong to spoil the environment for future generations. Also, there is an underlying need to protect biodiversity.
Daikin also believes our industry can reduce the global warming and energy consumption impact of air conditioning, cooling, and heat pump equipment by transitioning away
from refrigerants with high Global Warming Potential (GWP), and which require more energy to operate. Because of the widespread and growing use of HFC refrigerants around the world, a conversion to refrigerants that have a lower GWP rating is essential. Daikin as a global leader in air conditioning will continue all the efforts to develop new refrigerants like HFC-32, and will also continue to innovate new technologies that are most energy efficient and climate friendly in nature.
Kanwal Jeet Jawa
Managing Director, Daikin Airconditioning India Pvt. Ltd.
Despite the US President’s announcement of pull-out from the Paris climate change accord, India remains committed to the agreement. There is a strong thrust by the Indian
government on achieving these targets by focusing on:
• Solar, wind and hydel capacity increases
• Energy efficiency in buildings and industries using star labelling and Green building initiatives
• E-mobility by 2030
• Zero liquid discharge
All these will drive more private investment into the sustainability sector; however, public investment will be keenly watched. The Indian government is committed to building a low-carbon economy, and our urbanization journey in building 80 to 100 new cities has just begun. It will be crucial to secure the funding for this huge transformation.
President, Danfoss India
Chairman, CII National Task Force on Cold-chain Development President Donald Trump’s decision to pull-out the US from Paris Agreement is a step that will definitely dampen the efforts currently going on to combat global warming. Undoubtedly, the US has been the biggest polluter in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and hence carries a moral responsibility to be part of actions which were decided during COP21 at Paris in December 2015. As the terms of Agreement do not allow a Party to withdraw unilaterally without giving 2 years’ notice, it will take some time to know how this decision will impact the progress to achieve the target to keep the average rise of Earth’s
temperature within 2°C. However it is heartening to note that all other major GHG emitting countries, notably China, EU and India, have expressed solidarity to stay with the Agreement and continue (and if necessary increase) their efforts so as to avoid catastrophic consequences of climate change which will impact the future generations.
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Pillai Institute of Information Technology, Engineering, Media Studies & Research, New Panvel
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