UK and India agree on new shared climate commitments

The two countries have committed to accelerating action on the energy transition by setting up a roadmap with new initiatives

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The UK Government has agreed with India on new plans to tackle climate change, following a virtual meeting between the two Prime Ministers.

Boris Johnson and Narendra Mondi reaffirmed their intention to work together on the clean energy transition on the road to COP26 which will be held in Glasgow in November. 

They agreed to partner to accelerate progress on the development of renewables such as offshore wind, green hydrogen, energy efficiency and electric mobility.

The collaboration also includes the launch of a new global ‘Green Grids Initiative’ at COP26 that will allow countries to work together on interconnected grids for renewable energy.

The two sides also agreed to speed up action through the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, which aims to help small island developing states to future-proof their infrastructure against climate change.

The UK and India also agreed to collaborate on ways to protect and restore forests by bringing together producers and consumers of forest risk commodities to take action together.

The partnership will see the two countries explore potential collaboration with major private finance leaders to mobilise finance for green development.

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: “If the world is to become net zero by the middle of the century and keep 1.5 degrees in reach, everyone must work together to make real change for a cleaner, greener planet.

“I am proud of the close collaboration on this crucial issue which our two countries have forged, especially during this very difficult time for India as it battles with Covid.”