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New Delhi, June 27
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that rich countries of G7 would support India’s efforts in combating climate change and invited them to tap the huge market for clean energy technologies emerging in the country.
He was speaking at a session on ‘climate, energy and health’ at the G7 summit in Germany on Monday.
“We hope the rich countries of G7 will support India’s efforts. A huge market for clean energy technologies is emerging in India. The G7 countries can invest in research, innovation and manufacturing,” the PM said.
Later, the G7 countries in a statement affirmed their intent to move forward in negotiations with India, among other countries, on Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) that support energy policy reforms.
The G7 agreed to work to accelerate a clean and just transition towards climate neutrality, while ensuring energy security.
“Leaders agreed to collaborate with a particular focus on energy policy reforms and explore options for accelerating the transition from dependency on fossil fuels,” the statement said. This would include phasing down coal-fired power plants while increasing the share of renewable energies in the energy mix.
Earlier, the Prime Minister said there was a misconception that poor countries caused more damage to the environment. “India is the fastest-growing big economy in the world, but its commitment to the environment has not been diluted,” he said.
While 17 per cent of the world’s population resides in India, the contribution to global carbon emissions is only 5 per cent, he said.
PM Modi said India’s dedication to climate commitment was evident from the fact that the target of generating 40 per cent energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030 had already been achieved. “The target of 10 per cent ethanol-blending in petrol has been achieved. India has the world’s first fully solar-powered airport. Our huge railway system will become net zero in this decade,” he said.
“During the pandemic, India found many creative ways to use digital technology in the health sector. G7 countries can help India to take these innovations to other developing countries. There is a valuable asset of traditional medicine in many countries of the world, including India, which can be used for holistic health. The WHO’s decision to set up Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India is a welcome move,” PM Modi added.
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