COP26 president visits India ahead of climate summit

COP26 president visits India ahead of climate summit

24 Aug 2021

COP26 president Alok Sharma has arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit for discussions with senior Indian ministers and leaders from industry and civil society, on the vital role India has in helping to make sure the climate change summit is a success.

With fewer than 100 days to go until the landmark summit in Glasgow, UK, the in-person visit represents the UK’s commitment to raise global ambition on climate action for a balanced and inclusive outcome at COP26.

In his meetings with key climate stakeholders, Mr Sharma is expected to point to the role India can play at the summit through profiling its ambitious domestic plans, and by joining the growing number of countries who have updated their 2030 emissions targets under the Paris Agreement.

This comes as the UK calls on all G20 countries to sign up to net zero, set out clear plans to cut emissions by 2030, and commit to ending coal power, transitioning to electric vehicles, and restoring nature, with the richest nations providing financial support to the rest of the planet to go green.

The UK and India are already working closely together including research and innovation for a clean energy transition and to improve global resilience – through the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), and the Green Growth Equity Fund.

This is Mr Sharma’s second visit to India in 2021, he is expected to meet with Bhupender Yadav, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and RK Singh, Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy.

In November the UK will host the UN climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow in partnership with Italy. This will provide an opportunity for the world to come together and commit to urgent action. The UK is already setting a strong example on climate action, with a legally binding target to cut emissions to net zero by 2050.

See EIC’s events surrounding COP26.

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