India pledges for Green India in its Climate action plan
Washington D. C : India has submitted its ‘Climate action plan’ to United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) on Climate Change in Bonn for a global climate pact ahead of the climate change summit in Paris later this year.Describing its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) as fair and ambitious,India has pledged to cut its carbon emission intensity by 33-35 per cent and increase the share of renewable energy by a massive 40 per cent in its total energy mix by 2030.India is attempting to work towards low carbon emission pathway while endeavoring to meet all the developmental challenges.
India said that its long-term plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions builds on its Copenhagen pledge of a 20-25 per cent intensity reduction by 2020.Asserting that its development plans will continue to lay a balanced emphasis on economic development and environment, India said the current policy framework also includes a favorable environment for a rapid increase in renewable energy, moving towards low carbon sustainable development pathway and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
India additionally stated that this progressive country reserves the right to make additional submissions on INDC as and when required, which would build upon its submission qualifying itself as highest possible efforts pledged towards green India, as is evident from multiple initiatives undertaken by the government.
Salient features of this 38-page INDC document were – To adopt a climate friendly and a cleaner path than the one followed hitherto by others at corresponding level of economic development. To reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 level. To achieve about 40 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030 with the help of transfer of technology and low cost international finance including from Green Climate Fund (GCF).
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, meanwhile, called for a comprehensive and equitable climate change agreement at Paris summit and mentioned that developing countries could contribute more if they were supported in their efforts with the provision of finance, technology transfer and capacity building support from developed countries.
The country would need, as per preliminary estimates, around USD 206 billion between 2015 and 2030 for implementing adaptation actions in agriculture, forestry, fisheries infrastructure, water resources and ecosystems.
Noting that mitigation requirements are even more enormous for the country, India referred to an estimate given by NITI Aayog saying that the mitigation activities for moderate low carbon development would cost around USD 834 billion till 2030.
All nations were due to come out with emission targets ahead of a climate change conference in Paris in December, where they are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight climate change.