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| Last Updated:: 03/10/2015

India promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2030




India has said it will ensure that its greenhouse gas emissions from one unit of GDP in 2030 is at least one third lesser than what it used to be in 2005. It has also said that it intends to produce about 40 per cent of its electricity in 2030 from “non-fossil fuel based sources” like solar, wind or hydropower. These promises, and a few more, have been made in an action plan that India submitted to the UN climate body, UNFCCC, late on Thursday night, outlining the kind of steps it wants to take until 2030 to contribute in the global fight against climate change. India said preliminary estimates suggested it would require “at least USD 2.5 trillion” at current prices to implement all these plans till 2030, and sought international help.


Every country is submitting these action plans, called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs, in official language, ahead of an annual climate change conference in December — this time being held in Paris — that is expected to deliver a global climate agreement.


India’s 38-page INDC was submitted in the final hours of an informal deadline of October 1. Including India, 120 countries have now submitted their INDCs. The Paris conference will begin on November 30 and run till December 11. The INDCs are expected to become a part of the Paris agreement and countries will become accountable to what they have promised in their INDCs.


In its INDC, India has also linked several of government’s flagship programmes like the Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Swachh Bharat Mission, National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), National Mission for Clean Ganga, Make in India policy, Soil Health Card scheme, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana and many others to climate objectives.



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