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India vows to remain committed to net zero, yet defends use of fossil fuels

While the Survey documented India's position with respect to carbon emissions, it was silent on a domestic problem caused in part by coal burning: air pollution

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Rajesh Kumar Singh & Rakesh Sharma | Bloomberg
India defended its use of fossil fuels citing energy security priorities, even as the country vowed to remain committed to decarbonization.
The country, one of the world’s largest producers of coal, has often countered demands to curb use of the dirtiest fossil fuel, arguing it is key to its energy security and economic development. The war in Ukraine saw energy rise to the fore of the agenda for developed nations, many of which revived use of coal after supplies of Russian oil and natural gas shrank. 
“The behaviour of European nations in 2022, eminently understandable, demonstrates the return of energy

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First Published: Jan 31 2023 | 10:08 PM IST

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