US climate envoy John Kerry calls for stronger cooperation with India

US climate envoy John Kerry

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New Delhi: In order to attack climate changeUS Presidential Special Envoy for the Climate John Kerry on Saturday called for enhanced cooperation between India and the United States.

Talk to times nowit’s Srinjoy ChowdhuryKerry said the United States is working to help India provide funding and technology to advance its efforts to reduce global warming.

“The United States is pleased to work with India. The United States is working to help India provide funding and technology to advance its efforts,” Kerry said.

The US envoy pointed out that India had previously set a target of reaching 450 GW (now 500 GW) of installed renewable energy capacity by 2030.

US climate envoy John Kerry calls for stronger cooperation with India
US climate envoy John Kerry calls for stronger cooperation with India

“India has made a very important commitment to deploy 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. The Prime Minister of India has personally made this commitment… If India achieves this, India will be a major contributor to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” Kerry told Times Now.

Modi last year raised the non-fossil power capacity target from 450 gigawatts to 500 GW by 2030. India will have about 450 GW of solar and wind power, while 70 to 100 GW will come from hydroelectric plants.

“The United States is confident that India has the capability to do this,” he said, adding that India’s role in climate change was critical.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged that by 2030, India will meet 50% of its energy needs with renewable energy. In addition, he pledged India to reduce projected total carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes by 2030. Prime Minister Modi has set himself a net zero emissions target of by 2070. India has also planned to plant enough trees by 2030 to absorb another 2.5 to 3. billion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Teresa H. Sadler