Prime minister Narendra Modi told world leaders at COP 26 that by 2030 half of India’s power would be generated by renewable energy.
It was part of a series of pledges he made, as India committed to becoming ‘net zero’ by 2070. Speaking at an international summit back in September, industrialist Gautam Adani said, “In my country, more than a quarter-billion households and millions of small businesses that generate jobs rely on the availability of cheaply produced electricity. To switch off that power source without an economical alternative in place would put hundreds of millions of people on an accelerated path to darkness.”
Critics, particularly outside India, have accused the Adani Group of causing harm to the climate by continuing to mine for coal. But the transition, as the group’s chairman Gautam Adani has pointed out, takes time. It is an argument the Indian government has also made at COP 26.