British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s climate commitments.
“India has today announced ambitious plans for half its energy to come from renewables by 2030. This will cut carbon emissions by a billion tonnes, contributing to a worldwide decade of delivery on climate change,” Boris Johnson said on Twitter after PM Modi’s speech to the COP26 climate summit.
“PM Narendra Modi has for the first time made a commitment for India to become net zero, meaning 90 per cent of the world’s economy is now committed to this goal. The UK will work with India to make even more progress, including through the Clean Green Initiative we discussed today COP26,” he said.
“While many of the economies that have announced a net zero have peaked much earlier, we are yet to peak; we are yet to reach that level of industrial activity in development… if you see the time lag between peaking and the timeline between net zero for many countries, clearly ours is possibly among the shortest,” said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
“We are essentially a developing country. Our focus is on bringing millions of our citizens out of poverty… We constitute 17 per cent of the world’s population. Yet, we contribute only 5 per cent to global emissions and yet we are contributing very readily through the entire overall issue of climate change because we believe in it,” he told reporters at a post-summit media briefing.