Modi tried to downplay the differences, saying he was in regular communication with Obama, who the Indian Prime Minister has on multiple occasions described as a friend – and who he referred to by his first name “Barack” in public when the US President visited India in January. But it is not of our making, Modi said, as he inaugurated a unique India Pavilion at the summit venue, showcasing the countrys commitment to combat green-house gas emission. “Yet, many are also without any source of power”, Modi said, adding that was why this alliance was so important. The solar alliance brings together key countries and invites over 100 solar-rich countries to propel clean energy and protect the climate.
In its pledge to the Paris summit, India offered to draw 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2030. But the world has already emitted 1,900 Gt of carbon dioxide till 2011, leaving only 1000 Gt of carbon space for the developing countries who still need to grow and thereby need to emit. He said India will play its part to reduce emissions by at least 33 percent in the next 15 years, compared to what it was in 2005.
To my long cherished dream of an global alliance of solar-rich countries, President Hollande responded with keen interest and immediate and full offer of support.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to the capital on Tuesday after attending the Conference of Parties (CoP) climate summit in Paris on Monday. That is natural climate justice. “I’ve come here personally, as the leader of the world’s largest economy and the second-largest emitter”, Obama said, “to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it”.
India wants to use cheap solar to increase energy access, particularly in remote and rural areas.
“We expect the same from the world with respect to responding to climate change”, he said.
“We have kept very big targets”.
And, I will also call for a change in lifestyles, so that we reduce the burden on our planet.
Abe and Modi also exchanged views on economic cooperation projects and ways to promote bilateral security ties in the face of the rise of China.
While it remains uncertain whether Modi will sign on to a final deal, there was evidence of a shift in tone from some other major world leaders. “We look to the developed countries to mobilize 100 billion US Dollars annually by 2020 for mitigation and adaptation”.
On the occasion to build awareness a book of quotations on nature was released preface of which was jointly written by PM Modi and President Hollande.
The PM stated India now has 4GW of solar capacity and by the end of next year will have added another 12GW.