India Is Accused of Watering Down COP26 Deal as Delhi Chokes

Prime Minister of India Has Made A Pledge to Hit the Mark of Net-Zero Emission Rate by The Year 2070 By Opting for Clean Energy Production Alternatives

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India has recently been accused of watering down a COP26 deal on climate change to cut down their consumption of coal even as the excessive toxins in the air are choking the capital city of the country, Delhi. The quality of air across the city has been between the levels of severe and hazardous to life for the past several days. The government of Delhi has made an announcement on Sunday that the public schools are to be shut down for the upcoming week and are currently mulling over placing a temporary lockdown to try and improve the quality of air.

Phasing down of coal consumption

Burning of the crop stubble, along with air pollution caused by industries and vehicles and the patterns of weather, turns the air of the city noxious every year in the winter season. But the capital city’s air quality, along with a large part of the north side of India, remains to be in very poor condition throughout the rest of the year, due to which a COP26 deal has been made. Massive amounts of pollutants from the power plants that work on electricity generated through coal are among the list of culprits that are causing it.

Despite having an immense amount of pressure on China and India during the climate change summit, as both countries are the top emitters of carbon in the world, to sign the COP26 deal to make them end the consumption of coal for the generation of energy. Both of these countries have made a proposal to change some of the wording in the COP26 deal and have agreed to gradually phase down the carbon emission rather than phasing out from the usage of coal.

The news regarding the change that has been signed in a COP26 deal has made some big headlines throughout the world, with a large number that is disappointed in the desperate cling towards the usage of coal by India. But in currently developing countries that are mostly dependent on coal as it gains 70% of its total energy from fossil fuel, the decision that has been made in the COP26 deal to gradually phase out of coal usage is seen as an assertive and pragmatic approach by the nation.

Cleaner alternatives

The environment minister of India, Bhupender Yadav, who was also present during the climate change summit that occurred in the Scottish city of Glasgow, stated that India has been able to achieve remarkable results, although this is all regarding striking a balance. He further said that he had been able to articulate the ideas and concerns from other developing countries, which are also reliant on the consumption of fossil fuel to be able to generate power for the country.

The narrative that is being shown in many parts of the media was that India has taken a stand up against the world and has been able to come home with what they had wanted, which is a watered-down COP26 deal. In a blog post, Mr. Yadav wrote that India has been able to maintain that the crisis of climate change has been precipitated by the pattern of wasteful consumption along with an unsustainable lifestyle of the general population which is mainly in the developed nations of the world. The entire planet is needed to be woken up to this actual reality.

A former minister of environment of India from the opposition Congress party, Jairam Ramesh, said that this year’s outcome in the COP26 deal had been the best that India could have offered. India has been able to be responsive both globally and domestically.

Millions of residents of India, which are still suffering the effects of the deadly second wave of coronavirus pandemic, are getting to see their economy back, which has become the biggest priority for the country. For the time being, clinging to fossil fuel for the generation of energy while gradually scaling up the much cleaner and environment-friendly alternatives.

The utilization of solar energy is very important and is also growing at a rapid rate, but it is not possible to replace all energy generation from coal with solar energy in a short amount of time, which has also been highlighted at the COP26 deal, according to the Council of energy, Environment, and Water. During the COP26 conference, the Prime Minister of India has made a pledge to hit the net zero rate of emission by the year 2070.

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