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India asks rich nations to go for deep emission cuts, says 'net zero' alone not enough

The Times of India logo The Times of India 14-09-2021 Vishwa Mohan
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NEW DELHI: A Day after holding bilateral meeting with the visiting US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, environment minister Bhupender Yadav on Tuesday said reaching ‘net zero’ alone was not enough, emphasising that the recent UN’s IPCC report was a clarion call for the developed countries to undertake immediate deep emission cuts.

He, while speaking at the LEADS - Leadership, Excellence, Adaptability, Diversity and Sustainability - event organized by FICCI, said the need of the hour was ‘deeds’ and not ‘plain words’ to deal with climate change.

Though Kerry during the bilateral on Monday did not specifically ask India to commit ‘net zero’ emission goal by 2050 keeping in view the New Delhi’s consistent stand over the issue, he is learnt to have argued in the meeting why it was important for every country to upgrade their respective climate action targets in view of the IPCC’s warnings.

Yadav’s remark is a kind of reminder to rich nations, historical polluters such as the US, EU nations and UK, that India is among one of the few countries globally which has kept to its Paris Agreement commitments at a time when most of the developed nations did not even meet their pre-2020 targets.

The minister, meanwhile, appealed to Indian industries to develop voluntary roadmaps for the transition towards low carbon growth pathways and urged them, especially those in high emitting sectors such as steel, cement and shipping, to join “Leadership Group for Industry Transition” (LeadIT) which is a global initiative spearheaded by India and Sweden.

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