The government of India will have to “think fast” to make best use of the opportunities built into the Paris Agreement, Siddharth Pathak of Climate Action Network International wrote last week in an analysis on the Huffington Post.
The agreement “provides a set of ‘balanced’ opportunities for all governments to leverage,” Pathak writes. Successful implementation will depend on political leadership in key countries, and on the details and interpretation of the agreement itself.
But ultimately, he notes, “governments would have to mainstream actions and policies on climate change in order to ensure that regardless of political leadership, the transformation of the country’s economy towards near zero carbon emissions will continue.”
For India, that will mean long-term action in areas like transportation and urbanization, in addition to the Modi government’s push to install 175 GW of new renewable electricity. “If we are to make the best use of this Paris Agreement, we need to create the policy and regulatory environment within the country that enables foreign and domestic investors, innovators, businesses to see value for them to work on this issue within India,” Pathak writes. “We need those long-term transition plans that help give certainty on the direction of travel.”