US welcomes PM Modi’s continued focus on clean energy: Official

The United States welcomes the continued focus of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on driving a clean energy transformation in his country despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official has said.

Testifying before a Congressional committee on Thursday, Jonathan Pershing, a senior advisor to the Special Envoy on Climate Change John Kerry said the US and India are committed partners on climate.

“We welcome Prime Minister Modi’s continued focus on driving a clean energy transformation in India, notwithstanding the extreme challenges posed by the Covid crisis there,” Pershing told lawmakers.

In April, the two governments signed the “US-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership”. Under the partnership, the two sides identified a 2030 agenda for clean technologies and climate action, Pershing said.

“A key focus will be cooperation to create regulatory and market conditions to spur the required investment to achieve India’s goal to deploy 450 GW of renewable energy. If achieved, India would realise transformative changes in both its energy security and GHG emissions trajectory,” he said.

Sherri Goodman, secretary general of the International Military Council on Climate and Security told lawmakers that climate factors are also consequential in the tense relations between nuclear-armed neighbours India, Pakistan and China.

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