U.S. climate envoy John F. Kerry said Monday that he remains hopeful that key world leaders, including India’s prime minister, will announce more-ambitious emissions reduction targets in the six weeks ahead of a crucial UN climate summit in Scotland, as he and Indian officials unveiled a new renewable-energy financing scheme meant to assuage Indian concerns about Western support.
There was “progress” in nudging India toward announcing a timetable in the coming weeks for reaching net-zero carbon emissions, Kerry said in New Delhi, where he is meeting with senior Indian officials in preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Washington on Sept. 24. Several weeks after that, in late October, world leaders are scheduled to gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for a conference known as COP26 that is considered pivotal for the fate of the planet.
“I think a number of countries will step up in the next couple weeks, before the COP or at the COP, but they need to have the privilege of deciding when and where to [make announcements],” Kerry said in a brief interview in the Indian capital. “We’re making progress, and my hope is the next six weeks will concentrate people’s minds. Nobody appreciates being pushed around, and I’m not here to do that.”
[ Gerry Shih ]