India pledges to source 40% of its electricity from renewable sources

  • India, the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter, has pledged to source 40% of its electricity from renewable and other low-carbon sources by 2030 on 2nd October, 2015.
  • With pledge, most of the major developing economies have responded to the UN’s requests for the commitments on climate change that will form the keystone of an agreement to be signed in Paris this December.
  • India’s announcement is an important step forward in climate diplomacy. The country was the only one to stand alongside China in 2011 in rejecting the UN roadmap that has led to the Paris talks.

Background

  • India had previously pledged an emission intensity cut of up to 25% by 2020.
  • India’s submission to the UN, known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), focuses on clean energy, including solar power and also promises to plant more forests by 2030 to absorb carbon emissions.

News Item Compiled by Atishya Kumar

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