Addressing the COP26 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said that India will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. He also said that India will reach its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW and also meet 50 per cent of its energy requirements from renewable energy by 2030. In addition, the country’s emissions intensity, or emissions per unit GDP, will be reduced by at least 45 per cent by the year 2030 from the 2005 levels. In its existing target, India had promised to reduce its emissions intensity by 33 to 35 per cent by that date.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that the US is not only back at the table, but leading by example. “We want to do more to help developing countries accelerate the clean energy transition,” Biden told the gathering.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the global climate summit saying the world is strapped to a “doomsday device.” He likened the Earth’s position to that of fictional secret agent James Bond — strapped to a bomb that will destroy the planet and trying to work out how to defuse it. ( Indian Express )