India has followed the talk on climate issues: EU climate policy chief

Frans Timmermans also said that COP26 was a great success for the global community. (FILE)

Brussels:

Noting that India has always “taken its cue” on the climate issue, European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans said the European Union and India are working together for the green transition and that the 27-member bloc is eager to expand this work.

Mr. Timmermans made the remarks during his keynote speech at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

“The European Union and India are already working together for the green transition and we look forward to continuing and expanding this work. The International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure are two great examples of our cooperation so far. now,” he said.

“Over the next few months, I also hope to continue the discussion started at COP26 on phasing out coal and ensuring a just transition. We also look forward to expanding our cooperation on green hydrogen, including by organizing a first EU-India hydrogen forum,” added the Executive Vice-President.

During his remarks, Mr. Timmermans noted that in many ways India was also a key player in COP26.

“Prime Minister Modi’s announcement of a net zero target for 2070 has been very positive and very welcome. This target will help guide India’s own green transition, and in the context of COP26, that is this announcement which helped to bring the temperature targets of the Paris agreement within reach. India has always been on its toes and so we look forward to the new plans for your green transition,” he said. declared.

“Submission of an updated Nationally Determined Contribution and long-term strategy would enable India to play a leading role in achieving the Glasgow Accord and making your country a global example. In several areas, India is already there. The commitment to install 500 GW of renewable energy by 2030 is a great example of India’s global leadership,” he added.

Mr Timmermans is leading the European Commission’s work on the European Green Deal and its first EU climate law to enshrine the 2050 climate neutrality target in EU law.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that equitable access to energy for the poor was a cornerstone of the government’s environmental policy.

In his inaugural speech at the TERI Global Sustainable Development Summit, the Prime Minister said that environment and sustainable development had been key areas for him throughout his 20 years in office, first in Gujarat and now at the national level.

“We have heard people describe our planet as fragile. But it is not the planet that is fragile. It’s us. We are fragile. Our commitments to the planet, to nature, have also been fragile. 50 years since the Stockholm Conference of 1972. Very little has been done. But in India, we followed the chops,” he said in a video message.

“Equitable access to energy for the poor has been the cornerstone of our environmental policy. Thanks to Ujjwala Yojana, over 90 million households have gained access to clean cooking fuel. Under the PM- KUSUM, we have brought renewable energy to farmers,” he added.

Mr. Timmermans also said that COP26 was a great success for the global community.

“We agreed to end coal and fossil fuel subsidies, we put in place clear rules for transparent emissions reporting and carbon markets, and we committed to stepping up our work on adaptation and adaptation finance.

He said developed countries had failed to mobilize the $100 billion in climate finance that had been committed. We are however on track to achieve this goal by next year and I want to work towards achieving it this year.

“The EU has been a consistent donor and we will continue to engage with other donors to reach this figure as soon as possible. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, COP26 has given us a chance to keep global warming well. below 2°C.

“And, if all the promises are fully implemented, the trajectory could even take us to 1.8°C. But 1.8°C is not 1.5°C. There is still a lot of work to be done. to deliver on the commitment we made in Glasgow: We need Our task is therefore to continue to work together to implement concrete national policies and to ensure that each party submits an NDC in line with the objective of 1.5°C,” he said.

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Teresa H. Sadler