Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declares New Delhi plans to formally join the Paris climate agreement this year, which is a potential big move in curbing harmful global temperature increases.
In this regard, Modi and President Barack Obama issued a joint statement earlier this week. This was one of the outcomes of a three-day visit meant to shore up ever-closer ties between Washington and New Delhi.
To further strengthen their resolve, both countries outlined strategies to combat climate change, including working to phase out highly potent pollutants known as ‘hydro fluorocarbons’. The two countries also agreed to jump-start the construction of six U.S.-built nuclear power plants in India — the first fruits of a 2008 nuclear power cooperation accord between India and the United States.
Once concluded, India’s formal commitment to the Paris climate accord will move the pact one big step closer to the level of global support needed for it to legally enter into force: 55 countries and 55 percent of global emissions.
India would be the 46th country, and its entry would bring the tally of global emissions covered by the treaty to 54.7 percent.
But when all is said and done, how does India plan to clean up or drastically reduce greenhouse emissions? Under the plan India submitted to the U.N plans; the country plans to meet the Paris targets call for cleaning up the economy while it grows, but not for reducing GHG emissions totally.
India’s greenhouse gas emissions could rise faster if GHG emissions are not curbed.