What Will India’s Strategy Be At Bonn Climate Change Summit?

What Will India’s Strategy Be At Bonn Climate Change Summit?

Parties to the historic Paris Accord on climate change signed in 2015 meet in Bonn next week, and their discussions will inevitably veer toward the Donald Trump-led US administration’s decision to exit the Accord. As the chart below shows, the US is the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, in per capita terms as well as in absolute volumes. The upcoming summit takes place amid growing concerns that the US move may encourage other countries to abdicate their responsibility to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.

With the US withdrawal, all eyes will turn toward the moves China and India make. Although both emerging economies have relatively lower per capita emissions compared to developed economies, they still rank among the top three emitters in absolute volumes.

Shortly after taking charge as prime minister, Narendra Modi signalled a pivot to renewables as a major way in which India will seek to fight climate change. He set an ambitious target of setting up 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity by 2022, which stood at just 4.3GW in 2015, on the eve of the Paris Accord. Read More…

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