India plans to reduce its emissions to net zero by 2070, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told the COP26 climate summit. Modi said his country had “spared no efforts in fulfilling its duty” to combat climate change. Unlike other major economies, this is the first time India has made such a pledge.
A key goal of the Glasgow summit, however, is for all countries to commit to net zero by 2050. Net zero, or becoming carbon neutral, means not adding to the amount of greenhouse gases currently in the atmosphere.
In contrast, China has announced plans for carbon neutrality by 2060, while the US and EU aim to hit net zero by 2050. India is the world’s fourth biggest emitter of carbon dioxide after China, the US and the EU.