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India reiterates its commitment to go net zero

India has reiterated its commitment to environmental and climate causes and the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh pointed out the recent launching of the National Hydrogen Energy Mission and several such initiatives to fulfil India’s commitment at COP 26 of achieving net zero emissions by 2070. Dr Jitendra Singh is on a visit to Germany ahead of PM’s visit to that country.

Dr Jitendra Singh held a delegation level talks with his German counterpart Ms. Steffi Lemke, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection in Berlin as part of the India-Germany Inter Governmental Commission. The agenda of the meeting was Adaptation to climate change, biological diversity, Oceans and Artificial intelligence for environmental protection.

In view of the imminent future challenges on the climate and weather, Dr Jitendra Singh expressed interest to augment our cooperation in this field including Model Development, Application of Forecasts in the renewable energy and of course use of Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning. He mentioned that Science & Technology has been one of the strategic pillars of bilateral partnership and suggested to explore possibilities of bilateral scientific cooperation in emerging areas of Weather and Climate Research, specifically, on trends of regional climate extremes and variability of vulnerable areas including tropics and high-latitudes.

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