India reaffirms pledge to Paris accord in meeting with Kerry

SourceKhaleej Times
SectorOil & Gas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told US climate envoy John Kerry that India was committed to meeting its climate change pledges, and Kerry said the U.S. would support those goals with affordable access to green technologies and financing. India’s External Affairs Ministry disclosed their comments after the two met Wednesday in New Delhi. Kerry is visiting the United Arab Emirates, India and Bangladesh before President Joe Biden holds a virtual summit on climate change on April 22-23. Modi said cooperation between India and the US, particularly on financing innovation and faster deployment of green technologies, would have a positive impact on other countries, according to the statement. Modi told Kerry that India was on track to meeting its pledges under the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. India committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions intensity of its gross domestic product 33% to 35% by 2030, increase non-fossil fuel power capacity to 40 per cent from 28 per cent in 2015 and substantially boost forest cover to reduce carbon dioxide. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar recently said India already has achieved 21% of its pledge to reduce the emissions intensity of GDP by 33-35 per cent more...