India is contemplating its role in a global commitment to cut cooling-related emissions at COP28, citing the need for affordable cooling solutions. Get the latest on India's stance and the potential impact on sustainability efforts

India is reportedly hesitating to endorse a global commitment aimed at curbing emissions linked to cooling systems during the upcoming COP28 climate summit, as per government sources. The reason cited is the necessity for India, one of the most densely populated nations, to maintain access to affordable cooling solutions.

The proposed commitment, which calls for a reduction of cooling-related carbon dioxide emissions by a minimum of 68% by 2050 compared to 2022 levels, was crafted by the Cool Coalition of the United Nations Environment Programme and is being presented by the United Arab Emirates, the host of COP28. Adhering to this pledge would necessitate substantial investments from countries to transition to sustainable cooling technologies, potentially driving up the cost of cooling products.

The final verdict on whether nations will support the cooling pledge is expected to be announced during the annual climate conference scheduled to take place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

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