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.
Referring to the International Energy Agency’s special report on India, he said it is on pace to become the global market leader in solar storage by 2040.
“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.
Kerry said he was glad to see the recent budget by the Indian government focus heavily on clean energy and to propose a National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHEM).