- Indian PM, Narendra Modi would be visiting Glasgow to attend the UN Climate Summit
- The objective is endeavoring to fight climate change
- India unlikely to commit to Net-zero-emissions unlikely till 2050
Environment Minister, Shri Bhupender Yadav, on Thursday, conveyed that PM Modi will be traveling to Glasgow for the UN climate summit to augment efforts directed towards cutting back on emissions to win the age-long fight against global warming.
India ranks third in the world, in terms of greenhouse emissions, preceded by China and the USA. Modi’s participation in the COP26 summit was critical in the apprehension of whether Xi Jinping (the Chinese President) would be attending the same.
Both India and China have not yet pledged firmly in the form of NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) are pressed to do so at the conference in the UN. Bhupender Yadav, while revealing that the PM would be visiting Glasgow given the summit, holds the opinion that India is taking responsibility and playing its part in tackling climate change. “We are doing more than our fair share. Our NDCs are more progressive than major polluters,’’ he added.
He also mentioned that India is on schedule in incrementing green energy capacity to 450 GW by 2030. Over 100 GW of renewable energy has been installed in the country which contributes to more than 25% of overall capacity.
Heightened public pressure for measures on climate change has driven countries and companies all across the world to make promises to commit to the efforts, all of which would be scrutinized and amended in Glasgow. US climate ambassador, John Kerry has been to India twice in former months to urge the Indian Government to step up the climate ambitions and think about a net-zero commitment.
Net-zero refers to reversing the effects of greenhouse emissions by measures such as afforestation, soil conservation practices, and utilizing technology to abstain the emissions from reaching the atmosphere. However, on account of being a developing economy and dependent on fossil fuels, India opinionates that it would be unfair to expect deep carbon cuts like rich countries.
The Chief Economic Advisor of India, K.V Subramanian, remarked that richer countries, owing to their large historic contribution to emissions, must contribute much more than $100 billion to assist poor countries in battling climate change.
The Environment Minister, Bhupender Yadav, added that India’s per capita greenhouse emission is a mere one-third of the world average. Overall 120 countries have put forward revised NDCs but there is an absence of consistency in addition to no common timeframe for adhering to pledges.