9th April, 2021
India and the United States have agreed to cooperate on the agenda of the year 2030 of clean and green energy through climate funding, green hydrogen, and flexible infrastructure. The Foreign Ministry gave this information on Thursday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a weekly press conference through a digital medium that US President Joe Biden's special envoy on the climate issue, Jan Kerry, arrived in India on Monday this week.
He made Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister S.K. Apart from Jaishankar, he also met Finance Minister, Forest and Environment Minister, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Energy, New and Renewable Energy Minister. Bagchi pointed out that the visit of the US President's Special Envoy to India was in the context of a summit of world leaders on the climate issue, which will be conducted digitally. The meeting is scheduled to be held from 22-23 April 2021.
PM Modi will participate
The US President invited Prime Minister Modi to participate in the leaders' summit on the climate issue and the Prime Minister will participate in it. The spokesman said that Kerry appreciated the Prime Minister's vision and global leadership on the work on the climate issue, particularly to achieve the ambitious target of generating 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. He said that the two leaders emphasized the need to support the climate action plan of all countries in line with national conditions. The Prime Minister and Special Envoy Kerry agreed to collaborate on the 2030 agenda of climate funding, green hydrogen, and flexible infrastructure through moderate to clean and green energy. The Indian side conveyed the steps taken to fulfill the commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Declaration of 'net-zero' emission target for India is not necessary: Kerry
US President's Special Climate Envoy John Kerry said on Thursday that it would be a major step if India announces a 'net-zero' emission target, but it is not an 'absolute necessity' as the country is doing all the things it can He needs to do it. 'Net-zero' refers to the balance between the emission of greenhouse gases and removal of an equal amount of emissions from the environment. He said that with India's implementation of 450 GW of renewable energy plans by 2030, he would be one of the few countries that would help limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Asked if it would be practical for India to announce a 'net-zero' target, Kerry said, "Yes, but I did not have this message in my meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi." He understands the challenge. It would be a big deal if India wants to say this, but I don't think it is an absolute necessity because India is doing all the things it needs to do. ' Carey, while addressing a group of Indian businessmen here, said that America needs to take India as its partner in rapid deployment of new energy markets, rapid emission reductions, and rapid industrial transformation.