The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, will meet representatives from the Union authorities, the personal sector, and NGOs, throughout an April 5-Eight go to aimed toward consultations on growing local weather ambition forward of President Joe Biden’s Leaders’ Summit on Climate scheduled for April 22-23.

Kerry will deal with mitigating fossil gasoline use in India and growing low and 0 carbon investments, a US embassy spokesperson mentioned. The embassy has not but put out Kerry’s schedule.

“As one of the world’s largest economies, and a global leader in science and innovation, India is a critical part of the solution to the climate crisis. We see India as an important partner on future clean energy research, development, and deployment, not least because of their successful domestic agenda in this area. A key focus for our Administration is supporting and encouraging India’s decarbonisation efforts through clean, zero, and low-carbon investment, and supporting India in mitigating its fossil energy use,” the spokesperson mentioned on Sunday.

Officials within the Union setting ministry mentioned there’s a diplomatic push to announce a goal of reaching internet zero emissions by the mid-century, like 58 different international locations have introduced.

India is the third-largest world emitter of carbon dioxide, after China and the US, regardless of extraordinarily low per capita CO2 emissions, in accordance with the International Energy Agency (IEA). India emits 7.1% of worldwide emissions and its per capita emissions are 60% decrease than the worldwide common. It can also be amongst a handful of nations whose nationally decided contributions (NDCs) are appropriate with protecting world warming underneath 2 levels Celsius, as specified within the 2015 Paris Agreement. Only 5 different international locations — Bhutan, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kenya and Philippines — are 2°C appropriate.

India can also be on observe to overachieve its NDCs. Emission depth of India’s GDP has diminished by 24% between 2005 and 2016. Its dedication was to scale back emission depth of GDP by 20-25% from 2005 ranges by 2020. India is implementing one of many largest renewable vitality growth programmes with a goal of reaching 175GW of renewable vitality capability by 2022, and later as much as 450GW, in accordance with a report submitted in February to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The report, nonetheless, mentioned that coal will stay important for India’s developmental wants and vitality safety.

Experts mentioned India must do a cautious balancing act. For instance, former local weather negotiator and ambassador, Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, mentioned in an interview to HT that reaching internet zero emissions by the 2050s can be a problem. “First, it would require us to immediately scrap all existing coal-based power plants and factories, or alternatively, retrofit them with carbon capture and storage technology. This would entail astronomical costs at a time when the economy is already reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Second, it would hit our ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliance) policy. It would necessitate an immediate switchover to imported, existing clean energy technologies at huge cost, denying our own industry the time required for indigenisation or development of affordable indigenous technologies… Third, we need to examine the trade-related implications of surrendering our principled position on common and differentiated responsibilities (CBDR).” He really useful that India shouldn’t bind itself to a world date on reaching internet zero emissions.

CBDR, a precept underneath the Paris Agreement, requires richer international locations to take historic duty for emissions prompted previously by them.

Responding to a question on whether or not India has a coverage on internet zero emissions, a senior setting ministry official final week mentioned: “The world will be better placed to declare any new targets when global stocktaking process concludes in 2023.”

Meanwhile, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) mentioned on March 11 that if the Biden administration desires the US to be in keeping with the goal of protecting world warming underneath 1.5°C, its new 2030 Paris Agreement goal ought to goal for emission reductions of at the least 57%-63% beneath 2005 ranges.

The US’s motion on local weather change is presently “critically insufficient”, in accordance with CAT.


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