India and France have all the time been the spearheads in local weather motion for the reason that Paris Agreement and may assume a management function within the run-up to COP26 at Glasgow in November, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian mentioned on Wednesday.
He mentioned the 2 nations can additional deepen collaboration to decrease the manufacturing value of carbon-free hydrogen and work collectively to struggle single-use plastics.
Le Drian, who’s on a three-day go to to India, was delivering a closing speech at a panel dialogue on the French Embassy on boosting world motion in opposition to local weather change in view of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar additionally attended the occasion.
“The year 2021 is a very decisive year for our planet, with three COPs, particularly the COP26. There is a very big window of opportunity that we must seize together,” the French minister mentioned.
“We have both decided that it was very important that India and France can assume a leadership role in the run-up to the COP26,” he mentioned.
India and France have all the time been the spearheads on local weather change motion for the reason that Paris Agreement, and have established very shut cooperation on this space, Le Drian mentioned.
“The fight against climate change is definitely the battle of the century. That’s why the Indo-French partnership for protecting the planet is essential in my opinion,” the minister mentioned.
Le Drian lauded India’s aim of creating 450 gigawatts of renewable power capability by 2030.
He additionally mentioned that India is forward of schedule in attaining the local weather aims it set for itself following COP21. It is bettering its power effectivity and creating renewable power at a exceptional velocity.
“Despite these very promising advances, many challenges remain along the way. I would therefore like to reaffirm here France and the European Union’s full mobilisation for cooperating with India not only so that it can achieve the ambitious goals it has set for itself, but also for inventing together the solutions needed to meet the climate challenge,” he mentioned.
The minister careworn that India and France additional deepen their collaboration to create a aggressive industrial sector as quickly as doable to decrease the manufacturing value of carbon-free hydrogen.
“France and India could also work together to fight single-use plastics. We should invite other countries to join this momentum and work on a moratorium on single-use plastics,” Le Drian mentioned.
France, he mentioned, is aware of that it will possibly rely on India’s assist for sending a message of ambition in view of the key worldwide occasions of this important yr.
The French minister mentioned it’s completely indispensable that every one nations enhance their local weather commitments by the point the COP26 takes place in Glasgow, as required by the Paris Agreement.
“This enhance in ambition should embody setting new nationally decided contributions by 2030 and likewise long-term methods to realize carbon neutrality.
“We should cease constructing new coal-based energy crops and it’s important that we progressively cease this mode of electrical energy manufacturing at a world stage,” Le Drian mentioned.
The November summit in Glasgow, Scotland, was earlier on account of be held in 2020, however was postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
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