U.S. Special Envoy and former Secretary of State John Kerry was in New Delhi On 14th September to launch the U.S.-India Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue with Minister of Environment and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav. The aim of the meeting, among others, was to get India to commit to being a “net zero” emitter, i.e., carbon-neutral, by 2050 at the upcoming COP26 Summit in November to be held in the United Kingdom.
However, India has not offered a firm commitment in this regard. He said that “no one said no, but no one said yes” and said that the decision will come after “internal deliberations”. Mr Yadav, in turn, stated that there as an inequality in the development needs and emissions expectations between developed and developing countries. India has yet to fix a deadline for carbon neutrality, while China being the largest emitter, has set it for 2060.
Earlier in February this year, Kerry had said that India was a “red hot investment opportunity” for a clean energy shift.