Trudeau’s India Visit: How India And Canada Can Achieve Ambitious Climate Targets


Trudeau’s India Visit: How India And Canada Can Achieve Ambitious Climate Targets

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on a week-long visit to India. While trade, education, infrastructure, and skill development top the visit’s agenda, climate change action is another dimension highly important for the long-term economic growth and the international reputation of both Canada and India.

Under the pledges made in the lead up to the Paris Agreement on climate change, India committed to reduce its economy’s emission intensity by 30-35 per cent by 2030 and build its renewable electricity capacity to 175 GW by 2022.In its turn, Canada plans to reduce its carbon emissions from 742 MT to 523 MT in 2030through the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which includes a commitment to establish a national price on carbon emissions.

Neither India nor Canada can achieve their ambitious climate targets without progress in three specific areas. These areas are fossil fuel subsidy reform (the other side of the carbon pricing coin), advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency, and coal phase-outs. On each of the three topics, India and Canada can learn from each other as they look to closer collaboration. Read More…

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