Maharashtra is the only state in the country which has won the Inspiring Regional Leadership award at the inaugural leadership awards of the Under2 Coalition held at the Stirling Castle in Scotland.
The Under2 Coalition is the largest global network of states and regions committed to climate action and is made up of more than 260 governments who represent 1.75 billion people and 50% of the global economy.
The award ceremony was held to coincide with the ongoing COP26 summit in Glasgow. While addressing state governments across the world in Scotland, environment minister Aditya Thackeray stated that being India’s most developed state, Maharashtra plans to exceed expectations on the timeline of going carbon-neutral.
“Maharashtra is taking the lead to reach net-zero at the earliest, so that the rest of our country has the room to go through rapid industrialisation and then reach net-zero as per PM Narendra Modi’s vision. As a government, the state will inspire confidence in investors and businesses to commit to climate action and to usher in a new era of sustainable development,” the minister said, adding that Maharashtra will lead the example of how climate action and thriving industry can co-exist.