India getting job done on climate: US envoy John Kerry
The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, on Tuesday lauded India for getting the job done on climate and said it is a world leader already in deployment of renewable energy.Kerry is on a four-day visit to India, from April 5 to April 8, during which he will meet representatives from the Union government, the private sector and NGOs.Indias global leadership has been critical across a range of issues including delivering COVID vaccines to world.PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 06-04-2021 21:51 IST | Created: 06-04-2021 21:50 IST
The United States' Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, on Tuesday lauded India for ''getting the job done on climate'' and said it is a world leader already in deployment of renewable energy.
Kerry is on a four-day visit to India, from April 5 to April 8, during which he will meet representatives from the Union government, the private sector and NGOs.
''India's global leadership has been critical across a range of issues including delivering COVID vaccines to world. I'm particularly grateful that India is getting the job done on climate... pushing the curve. You're indisputably a world leader already in deployment of renewable energy,'' the US envoy said, addressing the first South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE) Leadership Summit. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of a target of 450 gigawatts of renewables by 2030 sets a very strong example of how to power a growing economy with clean energy.
''And thanks to your rapid scale-up, it's already cheaper to build solar in India than anywhere else in the world. That kind of urgency is exactly what we need in order to confront the crisis that we confront today,'' he said.
The NHEM focuses on generating hydrogen from green power resources and linking the country's growing renewable energy capacity with the hydrogen economy.
''India has an advantage that we didn't have in the US as we were developing. Not just benefits of decades of scientific and technical advancement, you also have US as your friend and partner. We're here to support you through this path of sustainable future,'' he said. Earlier in the day, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar met Kerry and the two leaders discussed a range of issues, including climate finance, joint research and collaboration.
The visit aims at consultations on increasing climate ambition ahead of Biden's Leaders' Summit on Climate scheduled for April 22-23 and the COP26 meet to be held later this year.
US President Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to a US-hosted virtual summit on climate to underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action.
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