Climate envoy will try to convince New Delhi to set more ambitious goals in this direction
US Climate Envoy John Kerry will hold talks with Indian leaders during a tour of Asia, which kicks off Thursday. The talks are aimed at mitigating differences over goals to combat climate change and slow global warming.
The US and UK are calling on the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commit to achieving zero emissions by 2050.
India ranks third in the world in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, but at the same time, its per capita level of emissions is much lower than in the USA, European countries and even China. The country is concerned that setting such a target could limit its ability to meet the energy needs of the population.
The tour, which begins on Thursday, will also visit the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh, which experts say are particularly vulnerable to climate change, with large numbers of people living in areas that barely rise above sea level and infrastructure for their protection is missing.
“The President’s Special Envoy for Climate Affairs, John Kerry, will visit Abu Dhabi, New Delhi and Dhaka from April 1-9, 2021 for consultations on raising climate ambitions,” the State Department said in a statement.
Kerry will take part in the Middle East and North Africa Climate Dialogue to be held in Abu Dhabi on April 4, the UAE’s state-run news agency WAM said Thursday.
According to the agency, the Regional Climate Dialogue will provide countries with a platform to rally around “progressive practical solutions” that will help achieve global climate goals.
Kerry is spearheading efforts to convince as many countries as possible to commit to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century.
On April 22-23, President Joe Biden will host a summit with leaders from 40 countries, including China and India.
Later this year, world leaders will gather at the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow to discuss efforts to expand the Paris Agreement to keep rising global temperatures at levels that will avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
“I look forward to constructive discussions with friends in the Emirates, India and Bangladesh on how to deal with the climate crisis,” Kerry tweeted.
India says it will not only meet the terms of the Paris Agreement to reduce its carbon footprint by 33-35 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 but is likely to exceed those targets as renewables use increases.