Addressing the COP26 Glasgow Climate Summit held in Scotland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India will reach net-zero carbon emission by 2070. PM Modi stressed on a five-point plan or ‘Panchamrit’ to fight the devastating effects of global warming and climate change. More than 120 world leaders were present at the COP26 Glasgow Climate Summit.
India is the last of the world’s major carbon polluters to announce a net-zero target. China has said that it would reach the net-zero carbon emission goal in 2060 while the United States and the European Union are aiming for reaching the goal by 2050.
Highlights from PM Modi’s speech
- India would increase its 2030 target for an installed capacity of ‘non-fossil energy’, mostly solar from 450 to 500 gigawatts.
- PM Modi said that India will fulfil 50% of its energy requirement through renewable energy by 2030.
- India is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes and a net 45% carbon reduction among the five-point plan.
- The number of goods produced per unit of energy would be reduced by 45% by 2030. The previous goal was 35%.