Ahead of COP26, India rejects Net Zero Carbon Target

NEW DELHI: India will be attending COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland from Oct 31 to Nov 12, where 200 countries will assemble to present their plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, India has rejected the call.


India was a “victim” of global warming, not a “contributor” said Environment Secretary R.P. Gupta, after India rejected to announce a net-zero carbon emission target. He elaborated that net-zero is not a solution to global warming. Highlighting the need for current tangible actions, he said, “The World needs to layout pathway to reduce such emissions and avoid a dangerous rise in global temperature.”

According to the Indian government’s calculations, Gupta remarked that before 2050 the United States and the EU will emit 92 gigatons and 62 gigatons of carbon respectively. Meanwhile, before reaching net-zero, China will emit 450 gigatons of carbon. Gupta emphasised that “It is how much carbon you are emitting before reaching net-zero that matters.”

By 2030, India has committed to cutting the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33% to 35%, achieving a 24% reduction by 2016. Some experts suggest India can reduce its emissions by 40% with better finance and access to the latest technology.

Gupta emphasised, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the conference which is a sign how seriously the country takes climatic change.” Chinese President Xi Jinping is not expected to attend.

“I will also highlight the need to comprehensively address climate change issues including equitable distribution of carbon space, support for mitigation and adaptation and resilience building measures, mobilization of finance, technology transfer and importance of sustainable lifestyles for green and inclusive growth.” 

Prime Minister’s Departure Statement ahead of his visit to Rome and Glasgow; PMO

Concluding, he said that the developed countries should assert on aids of climate finances to developing countries to cut their emissions without hampering economical growth.

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