The COP26 climate summit happened and delegates from around 200 countries met at Glasgow to discuss urgent actions to reduce fossil fuel emissions to prevent the planet from a man-made catastrophe. The UK police had opted for Harley-Davidson's LiveWire electric motorcycles for the purpose of patrolling the summit and marked an electric start to the summit.
PM Narendra Modi declared that India will become carbon neutral by 2070. This is the first time the country committed to a net-zero emissions goal. He also made pledges, including sourcing 50% of energy from renewable resources by 2030, and, by the same year, reducing total projected carbon emissions by one billion tonne.
Indian motor industry leaders used the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow to unveil a plan for nearly two-thirds of new vehicles to be electric by 2030. This would include 70 percent of India’s vast two-wheeler market, as well as 30 percent of cars and 15 percent of goods lorries. While 2070 is a long way off for net-zero we can fully expect this to move forward as India exits coal and starts to realize the benefits of a rapid clean energy transition via electric vehicles and other means.
Indian business leaders said the government had provided some support for electric vehicles, but that more work was needed on charging infrastructure and opening up investment. Indian auto manufacturing companies wish to receive incentives for manufacturing and designing electric cars in India. They see immense potential in India as a country of 1.4 billion people becoming a 'manufacturer for the world' of electric vehicles.
The country of 1.4 billion people could become a “manufacturer for the world” of electric vehicles, he said.
“For the first time in history, the aggregate effect of the combined pledges by 194 countries might bring the world to below 2°C warming with more than a 50% chance,” said Climate Resource briefing paper.
The projection in the Science paper at COP26 showed a drastic improvement- "The major changes that bring projected warming below the significant benchmark of 2°C are China’s new NDC (nationally determined contributions) and India’s new announcement at COP26, both featuring net zero emission targets by 2060 and 2070, respectively."
“The combined pledges of countries, both the conditional ones, and certainly the unconditional ones, are not yet sufficient to halt warming at around 1.5°C. Using probabilistic projections, the exceedance probability for 1.5°C is still around 90%, meaning wide scale increases of extreme climate events and the demise of the coral reefs, unless the pace of transition to net-zero emissions continues to accelerate rapidly,” the paper said.