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How India Can Get to Net Zero Emissions

Episode Summary

Jayant Sinha, a member of Parliament, joins Milan to discuss his plan for India to have net-zero carbon emissions and how the United States can help developing countries tackle the climate crisis.

Episode Notes

In a few weeks, climate negotiators from around the world will descend on Glasgow, Scotland, for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 26. 

Amid dire warnings from climate scientists about our warming planet and desperate calls for stepped-up action, India finds itself at the center of the conversation. At home, Indians are debating how to tackle climate change without hampering an economy that has started to slowly recover from the COVID pandemic.   

To discuss India’s options and the path forward, Milan is joined on  this week’s show by Jayant Sinha, a key figure in India’s ongoing climate change debate. Jayant is a member of Parliament from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the chairperson for the Standing Committee on Finance. He’s also authored or co-authored several publications advocating for India to adopt a net-zero approach.

Milan and Jayant discuss possible pathways for India’s future carbon emissions, the arguments for and against a net-zero approach, and what lessons India can draw from international experience. Plus, the two discuss what responsibilities countries like the United State have when it comes to helping India and other developing countries address the climate challenge. 

  1. Chloe Farand, “Indian lawmaker submits private bill to achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” Climate Home News, March 18, 2021. 
  2. Jayant Sinha, “India's search for greener pastures should end in a climate change law,” Economic Times, March 10, 2021
  3. Jayant Sinha et al., Getting to the Green Frontier, Observer Research Foundation, 2020.
  4. Jayant Sinha and Anshu Bhardwaj, “The many paths to a greener future,” Business Standard, July 22, 2021