Wednesday, September 26, 2018

PM Modi, Cochin Airport win UN's 'Champions of the Earth' award

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kochi International Airport were on Wednesday awarded UN's highest environmental honour, the 'Champions of the Earth' award, along with four other environmental changemakers.

PM Modi and French president Emmanuel Macron were recognised in the Policy Leadership category for their "pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action", according to the UN.

Prime Minister's pledge to eliminate the single-use plastic in India by 2022 and Macron's work on the Global Pact for the Environment found a special mention.
Among the other recipient of the awards was the Cochin International Airport, which received the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category.

The airport was hailed for its "leadership in the use of sustainable energy".

"Cochin is showing the world that our ever-expanding network of global movement doesn't have to harm the environment. As the pace of society continues to increase, the world's first fully solar-powered airport is proof positive that green business is good business," the United Nations said in a statement.
26/09/18 Times of India

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