The new goal wouldn’t see the world keep to the Paris Agreement’s aim of keeping temperature rises to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, as that requires global emissions to reach net-zero around 2050.
India, which is home to 17 % of the world's population, accounts for only about 5% of total (greenhouse gas) emissions, Modi said in Glasgow.
He announced 5 key commitments on tackling climate change:
- by 2030 committed to a 45% reduction in the carbon intensity of the economy
- increase its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030
- 50 % of the country’s energy requirements will come from renewable sources by the same date
- reduce its projected carbon emissions by 1 bln tonnes between now and 2030
- India will achieve the target of net zero emissions by 2070
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping did not attend the COP26 conference in the Scottish city of Glasgow.