Biden has vowed to replace oil and gas with sustainable energy in the face of Russia threats

Smitten by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden appears to be seizing the initiative to lead the global response to climate change, promising to work on innovation and new technologies to replace Europe and India's oil and gas imports from Russia in the near future.

Addressing the 'The Major Economies Forum' virtual summit, which was attended by a number of countries, Biden set the agenda for upcoming multilateral climate summits.

"Climate security and energy security go hand in hand." We must all work together to reduce the world's reliance on Russian gas. "We must redouble our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Biden emphasised.

The US President is attempting to take the lead in the global response to climate change after his country remained absent following his predecessor Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw.

"We cannot afford global warming." "The Glasgow summit on climate change was just the beginning, and we look forward to COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh to deliver on existing norms and take additional measures to address the challenges," added Biden.

The US President demonstrated his determination to deprive Russia's economy of its mainstay of oil and gas earnings by stating that innovation and new technology can replace all gas and oil imports from Russia around the world, while emphasising clean hydrogen production and electric charging solutions based on non-fossil fuel sources for electricity generation.

"The meeting is taking place at a time when urgent energy issues demand our attention." Russia’s brutal assault on Ukraine has fueled a global energy crisis, driving up global inflation. "We must work together to combat inflation and mitigate the consequences of this crisis," Biden said at the start of the meeting, adding that "we reaffirm US leadership to galvanise actions that strengthen energy security, improve global food security, and address the climate crisis."

John Kerry urged world leaders to deploy clean energy to address climate change challenges, to keep the 1.5 degree Celsius target within reach, and to achieve net zero emissions, while also requesting steps to compensate for "our absence for several years."

Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, represented India.

The meeting was attended by 23 major economies from around the world, as well as the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Yadav emphasised India's commitment to contributing to global collective action to combat climate change. He emphasised that India's initiatives, such as the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure, go beyond its borders.

"India has already installed 159 GW of non-fossil fuel-based electricity generation capacity." And, in the last 7.5 years, India's installed solar energy capacity has increased more than 18 times," Yadav said.

The minister emphasised that India's annual per capita emissions are only one-third of the global average, and its cumulative GHG emissions are less than four percent.