India perhaps only G20 country to fulfil...: India ahead of COP26 climate summit
India will be looking for promises on consistent and predictable climate finance as it goes in with "full commitment" to the UK-hosted COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, according to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
Speaking just as the government confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the summit scheduled between October 31 and November 12, the Foreign Secretary highlighted India's climate action in meeting its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) related to the United Nations agreement, Trend reports citing NDTV.
"We are perhaps the only G20 country to have fulfilled our NDCs and outperformed them," said Mr Shringla, addressing the India Global Forum in London virtually from New Delhi on Thursday.
"Our Prime Minister has said that India will not only meet its targets but exceed them. And, he has spoken to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. We intend to go in with a strong message, with full commitment to COP26," he said.
"In order to meet these ambitious targets, developing countries will need access to climate financing, green technology. We need more than commitments, we need promises - predictable and consistent financing," he said.
The Foreign Secretary went on to elaborate on India's move away from fossil fuels towards renewable sources of energy, especially solar power.
"Since 2017, we have had more renewable energy in the energy mix in India than fossil fuels," said Mr Shringla.
"In the last six years, we have increased our renewable energy capacity by two and half times and solar energy has increased 13 times. We have announced a hydrogen energy mission which will generate energy from green sources," he said.