EU, India eye deeper cooperation on solar, green hydrogen

(EurActiv, 5 Nov 2021) Delhi and Brussels have reaffirmed their commitment to expand collaboration on climate change, with the possible launch of a “green hydrogen alliance” on the agenda of bilateral talks next year.

With New Dehli targeting net-zero emissions by 2070, the prospect of India’s transformation into a global powerhouse for renewables could present opportunities for EU-India climate cooperation.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week used the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow to announce 2070 as the country’s target to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

Modi’s surprise announcement came after months of pushback against international pressure to make further climate commitments, and after his environment minister dismissed the idea of net-zero pledges only a week before.

In Glasgow, India raised its 2030 target for low-emission energy capacity to 500 gigawatts from 450 gigawatts and pledged to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 1 billion tons above business as usual before the end of the decade.

The most ambitious of India’s five targets is to draw half of the country’s energy from renewables by 2030, up from around 38% in 2020.

According to sources close to the Indian government, the ambitions would be even higher, but Delhi’s is not ready to set more targets without more financial support and transfer of technology from richer nations.

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EurActiv, 5 Nov 2021: EU, India eye deeper cooperation on solar, green hydrogen