Developed countries fail to meet climate goals whereas India exceeds targets

Even as the developed countries are failing to meet their targets for fighting climate change, India has exceeded its targets, according to Environment and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav.

Sharing concern on climate action, Climate Change Minister told the General Assembly's high-level meeting as follows: "When the developed world is exhibiting shortfall in actions with just 14.8 per cent (greenhouse gas emission) emission reduction against the target of 18 per cent reduction in the pre-2020 period, India is overachieving its voluntary target of emission reduction." He added that "Our 2030 targets under the Paris Agreement are considered ambitious and compatible with the Paris Agreement goals. We are on the path to achieving those targets."

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report released also on Tuesday confirmed India's achievement and suggested it should set higher targets.  The report said that India was projected to reduce "emissions to levels at least 15 per cent lower than their previous unconditional NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) emissions target levels under current policies" and has "significant room for raising their NDC ambition."

The report, which is an annual report card on how the goals to meet the climate change challenges are being met, was released ahead of the summit of the G20, the group of 20 large economies in Rome this weekend and next week's UN climate change conference in Glasgow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending both meetings.


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