India’s doing all that’s needed for net-zero emission: Kerry

NEW DELHI: Putting at rest intense speculation that US special envoy John Kerry was in India to pressure the Indian government to make a net-zero pledge, Kerry on Thursday said it was not his message to the government and India was doing all that is needed to reach such an outcome.
That was not my message with the Prime Minister. He understands the challenge. It would be great if India wanted to say that but I dont think its an absolute requirement. India is doing all the things it needs to do to get us there (to net-zero). India has a plan right now for 450 GW. If 450 GW of renewable power is put into place, India would be one of the few nations helping to keep 1.5 degrees alive, he said.
Questioned about his remarks that he was putting to gether a consortium to finance Indias renewable energy ambitions, Kerry said Modis goal of getting 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030, was terrific, powerful.
We want to make sure we can help reach that goal thats part of our partnership. Speaking with a group of journalists, he added, What is more important than making a pledge is real actions now from 2020-2030. Our challenge over the next few months is to get more people engaged in the 2020-2030 decade. Thats what President Biden is trying to do with the summit hes hosting, where hes asking nations to up their ambition.
He said there are lots of countries which would be willing to invest in Indias green energy ambitions if there are right investment conditions.
He said, The agreement at our discussion yesterday (is that) we intend to work very closely with India, focusing on technology and financ ing. UAE, he said, is one of the countries with whom India is already working and which is interested in doing more.
Ive also talked to other countries some in Europe, some in our continent who are prepared to come forward. We need to work through some of the details with the Modi government. Weve already started that and will continue through the next few weeks. The clock is ticking on Glasgow (COP 26) and 2030, the envoy said.
Meanwhile, giving an official readout of Kerrys visit, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, Given our complementary strengths, the Prime Minister and special envoy Kerry agreed to collaborate on a 2030 Agenda, with focus on clean and green energy through enhancing the availability of climate finance, building resilient infrastructure, energy storage and green hydrogen.
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