Climate change: Germany ready to provide one billion euros to India for green urban mobility

NEW DELHI: India and Germany agreed on Friday to provide financial support for climate initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the latter expressed its willingness to provide one billion euros to India for green urban mobility.

The two countries signed a joint statement on the matter after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the German chancellor Angela Merkel , who made a two-day visit to the country for the 5th Indo-German intergovernmental consultations to strengthen bilateral ties.

Both leaders expressed deep concern about the global level of climate action currently inadequate and urged all countries to intensify their efforts.

A joint statement issued after the meeting said both countries agreed that providing sustainable and low-carbon mobility solutions that meet the needs of all citizens is a key challenge for emerging and industrialized economies.

Both parties agreed to encourage cooperation on low-carbon mobility solutions and welcomed the signing of the new Declaration of Joint Intention on the Indo-German Association on Green Urban Mobility, in which the German side expressed its willingness to provide additional funding One billion euros support improvements in infrastructure and green urban mobility services and strengthen the capacities of national, state and local institutions to design and implement sustainable, inclusive and smart mobility solutions in Indian cities, he said.

The countries also agreed to dedicate a part of the 35 million euros in the framework of the bilateral call of the International Climate Initiative to the expansion of the network and renewable energy storage systems and a part to the restoration of the forest landscape .

New models for forest landscape restoration can contribute to India's goal of reaching 33 percent of forest cover. Both parties stressed that forests are essential to safeguard the climate, protect biological diversity and contribute to sustainable development, the statement said.

Modi and Merkel, during their meeting, recognized their joint responsibility for the protection of the planet and mitigate climate change through a greater promotion of renewable energies and increasing energy efficiency and, at the same time, reducing their carbon footprint.

For both countries, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris The agreements serve as guiding frameworks in their cooperation. They stressed that for a successful transition of energy and transport in India and Germany, both countries must cooperate closely, learn from each other and capitalize on the economic potential of climate protection, the joint statement said.

Both leaders expressed deep concern about the global level of climate action currently inadequate and urged all countries to intensify their efforts.

"Germany and India stress the need to undertake climate actions based on the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances and agree to work towards further developing their respective nationally determined goals (NDCs) as agreed in Paris ," according to the statement.

During the meet, both the countries highlighted the importance of a successful replenishment of the Green Climate Fund and encouraged developed countries and other countries in a position to do so to scale up their contributions to the Green Climate Fund over the course of its first replenishment period, in line with the provisions under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

They recognized the successful Indo-German Solar Association founded in 2015 and the cooperation in Green Energy Corridors established in 2013.

In order to maintain positive developments and achieve the ambitious goals of the Government of India to supply 175 GW of renewable energy until 2022 and 450 GW in subsequent years and of the German Government to provide 80 percent of total energy generation From renewable energy by 2050 ?, both leaders agreed to promote a climate-friendly development of the energy markets of India and Germany, according to the statement.

India also welcomed Germany's interest in joining the International Solar Alliance (ISA), in order to promote sustainable, climate-friendly and efficient energy solutions at the international level.

In February of this year, the Indian government had collaborated with Germany to combat air pollution and exchanged a joint declaration for the implementation of the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) of India.

Germany's Federal Minister of Environment, Svenja Schulze, said the progress and implementation of the 2030 Agenda was slow and that the window of opportunity for a low carbon economy was declining.

Much has been achieved in recent years, but global carbon emissions continue to increase. The UN 2030 Agenda must be taken seriously by the government. The forum should be based on the exchange of experiences and cooperation will be strengthened in the areas of marine litter, waste of energy, biodiversity, waste and water, he said.