US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on Thursday said it will be great if India announces a net-zero emission target but “that’s not an absolute requirement” as the country is doing all the things that it needs to do. He said with the implementation of India’s plan of 450 gigawatts of renewables by 2030, it will be one of the few nations helping “keep 1.5 degrees alive” (meeting the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius).
Asked if it is practical to expect India to announce a net-zero target, Kerry said, “Do I think it could be? Yes… but that wasn’t my message in my meetings with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi. He understands the challenge.”
“It will be great if India wanted to say that but I don’t think that’s an absolute requirement in the sense that India is doing all the things that it needs to (do to) get us there… that’s better than a lot of nations,” he told reporters at a press roundtable.