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India Wants ‘Phase Down’ on All Fossil Fuels at COP27

  • Coal-reliant nation wants COP27 pledge expanded to oil and gas
  • Move is likely to face pushback from old allies in second week
Narendra Modi at the India pavilion at the COP27 climate conference at the Sharm El Sheikh.

Narendra Modi at the India pavilion at the COP27 climate conference at the Sharm El Sheikh.

Photographer: Islam Safwat/Bloomberg

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India is leading a push for the COP27 climate summit to conclude with a decision on phasing down all fossil fuels, a move that would expand the focus from just coal, but is likely to raise strong concerns from oil and gas-reliant countries.

Indian negotiators formally called on the Egyptian Presidency of climate talks for the expanded language to be included in the cover text, a political statement of how countries will seek to tackle the climate crisis, according to people familiar with the matter. The push stems largely from the coal-dependent country’s desire to not be singled out for its dependence on the dirty fossil fuel.