The United States became the part of International Solar Alliance as the 101st member on Wednesday. The update was provided through a tweet by US special envoy for Climate, John Kerry.
Replying to which Indian Prime Minister welcomed the move and retweeted saying that this will further strengthen the Alliance in our shared quest of harnessing solar energy for a sustainable planet.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE?
The International Solar Alliance aims to promote solar energy in 121-member countries and mobilized a $1 trillion investment for the deployment of solar energy at affordable costs. The alliance was launched in November 2015 jointly by former French president Francois Hollande and Indian PM Narendra Modi.
The alliance took place at the 21st session of UNFCCC (COP-21) in Paris. Its headquarters is in Gurugram, Haryana, India.
THE ISA STRUCTURE
The ISA has an assembly, Secretariat and different committees. The secretariat takes care of all the functioning and operations while the assembly takes all the apex decisions. The funds are collected by voluntary donators by its members, partner countries, private sector and the UN and the specific activities revenue is approved by the assembly only.
The framework was circulated for the support of the countries in 2016 and the methods and approaches have already delivered results with ISA building a solar project pipeline of nearly 5-gigawatt installed capacity.
The approach detailed in this framework will culminate in a vision for interconnected global grids, which was formalized and jointly launched as the ‘Green Grids Initiative: One Sun One World One Grid’ during the World Leaders Summit of the COP26 in Glasgow on November 2.
CLIMATE CHANGE & INDIA
India’s performance has been rated‘ high’ in the GHG emissions in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2022.
India is well on track to meet its 2030 target and India will achieve net zero carbon emission by 2070. The net zero was announced by the PM of India very boldly in COP26. India has always been ahead in taking initiative for the global climate change fight and has led the pact.
India is putting climate change at the centre of its policy and stressed the need to include climate adaptation policies in academic syllabus to make nect generation aware of the issue.