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Solid commitments that India made at climate change conference are real: UK PM

By Priyanka Verma 
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Days after world leaders reached a deal in Glasgow aimed at least to keep alive hopes of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that India came up with some impressive stuff to decarbonise its economy by 2030.

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Praising the climate ambitions of his Indian counterpart, Johnson said that the actual commitments, the solid commitments that India made are real. “India came up with some really impressive stuff on decarbonising their power sector, decarbonising their economy by 2030. The actual commitments, the solid commitments that India made are real,” Johnson said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the climate summit in Scotland had laid out five commitments, including India achieving net-zero emissions by 2070, reiterating that India is working very hard on tackling climate change-related issues.

The key commitments by India include net-zero emissions by 2070, bringing non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030, bringing its economy’s carbon intensity down to 45 per cent by 2030, fulfilling 50 per cent of its energy requirement through renewable energy by 2030 and reducing 1 billion tonnes of carbon emissions from the total projected emissions by 2030.

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India also advocated for a global solar power grid by giving out a call for “one sun, one world, one grid”.

“Sunrise and sunset dictated our lives. As long as this natural connection was there, our planet was healthy. But in the technological age, humankind, in an effort to race ahead of the sun, disturbed the balance of nature and caused great loss to the environment,” the PM said.

He added, “If we want to re-establish that balance, solar power is the way. We must once again walk with the sun.”

From coal-and gas-fuelled superpowers to oil producers and Pacific islands being swallowed by the rise in sea levels, 200 nations agreed on a deal to maintain a realistic chance of saving the world from catastrophic climate change at COP26.

The overarching aim set by conference host Britain was one that climate campaigners and vulnerable countries had found far too modest – namely, to keep within reach the 2015 Paris Agreement’s target to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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