SUBJECT :Climate 
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday asked India to take a leadership role in reaching a "meaningful" climate change pact in Paris later this year.

"I count on the leadership of India in our ongoing efforts to address the climate change issues ... I expect as one of the most critically important member-states of the UN and as one of the fastest growing economies, India should be responsible to address climate change so that they will soon have universal and meaningful climate change agreement in Paris in December," Ban Ki-Moon said.

His remarks came while he visited India's first 'Net Zero Energy' consuming building - Indira Paryavaran Bhawan - which is constructed in such a way that it can meet most of its annual energy requirements through solar power.

Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar showcased the secretary general the salient features of the green building which has India's largest roof-top solar panel.

Javadekar is learnt to have also used this opportunity to reiterate India's commitment to move on clean energy path using more and more solar and wind power in the next five years and assured Ban Ki-Moon about the country's willingness to work with other nations to have an equitable global climate deal in Paris.

In fact, Ban Ki-Moon had expressed desire to see the green building when Javadekar had last met him during the UN climate conference in Lima (Peru) in December and explained to him the features of the 'Paryavaran Bhawan' from where his ministry works. The building is located at Jor Bagh in South Delhi.

The building, which was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh early last year, is focused on increasing the efficiency of resources like energy, water and materials while minimizing the impact of the building on human habitat and environment.

The 'Net Zero Energy' building - also called Net Zero Building - is a structure with zero net energy consumption where the total amount of energy used in the premises on an annual basis is more or less equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

The building is a state-of-the-art landmark that is based on conservation of natural areas and trees to reduce adverse environmental impact, provide adequate natural light, shaded landscaped areas to reduce ambient temperature, maximize energy saving system and minimize operation cost by adopting green building concepts.

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Source: 14 January 2015, Hindustan Times