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India Joins The UK's Breakthrough Agenda On Affordable And Sustainable Technology

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  • 21 Nov 2021, 07:57 PM
  • By Technologist Confidant
India Joins The UK's Breakthrough Agenda On Affordable And Sustainable Technology

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi is among the 40 global leaders who have backed and signed the UK’s Glasgow Breakthrough to speed up affordable clean tech worldwide. The Prime Minister of UK, Boris Johnson at COP26 on November 2, 2021 launched an international plan to deliver clean and affordable technology everywhere by the year 2030.

The UK’s Breakthrough Agenda has the backing of the world’s developed and also the fastest growing economies like the US, India, China, developing countries and also those economies most vulnerable to climate change.

The Glasgow Breakthrough, modelled after the UK's landmark Net Zero Strategy, will see countries and businesses coordinate and strengthen their climate action every year to dramatically scale and speed up the development and mobilisation of clean technologies while driving down costs this coming decade.

Aim of Glasgow Breakthrough

The aim of Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda at COP26 was

  • To make clean technologies affordable and accessible
  • Access to clean technologies to most polluting sectors by 2030.
  • Support developing countries to access innovation and tools required for transition to net zero.

Glasgow Agenda goals

The Glasgow Agenda is covering more than 50% of the global emissions for which the UK Prime Minister has set out five goals.

  • Power: Clean source of power is reliable and affordable for countries globally to meet their need of power efficiently by 2030.
  • Road transport: Zero emission vehicles, electric vehicles are accessible, affordable and sustainable by 2030 in all regions.
  • Steel: The preferred quality of steel in global markets is near zero emission steel. Economies must ensure near zero emission steel production by the year 2030.
  • Hhydrogen: Countries should ensure that renewable and low carbon hydrogen is globally available by the year 2030.
  • Agriculture: Farmers across different countries must adopt climate-resilient and sustainable agriculture by 2030.

Way forward, advantages and outcomes

To make the Agenda successful and focus on affordable and sustainable technology the countries must look forward to working closely with business organizations to accelerate innovation and scale up green industries. To make this initiative successful, economies must promote green investments, align policies and standards, through robust R&D in clean technology etc.

The plan proposed at COP26 will help create 20 million jobs globally and at the same time add more than $16 Trillion across emerging and advanced countries.

The outcomes of the Breakthrough Agenda will help in halving the global emissions by 2030, which is crucial to limit the increase in world temperature to 1.5C which is within reach. Along with limiting global temperature, the UK prime minister also aims for phasing out coal and accelerating electric vehicles.

The Glasgow Breakthrough will attempt to maintain and deepen international collaboration across the Agenda throughout the coming decade.

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