Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Dr Harsh Vardhan are among the seven Indians who have been named in the ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019’ for taking steps in order to combat climate change.
The list, unveiled at the site of Apolitical, a global network for government helping public servants find the ideas, people and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges. Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal has led the fast track electrification of nearly 18,000 unelectrified villages, and been critical in the rollout of a drastic power sector reform and the world’s largest LED bulb distribution programme, according to his profile on the website. Under his tenure, India saw a massive proliferation of renewable energy through the world’s largest renewable energy expansion programme.
List of Indians include, Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak, Executive director of Integrated Research and Action for Development, a research and policy analysis institute focusing on sustainable development Kirit Parikh, Environmental activist, Vandana Shiva, Director general of the International Solar Alliance, Upendra Tripathi. Co-founder and Executive Director, Sunrise Movement, Varshini Prakash.