India races ahead to achieve emissions control targets

(The Third Pole, 4 Dec 2018) India said at the ongoing Katowice climate summit that it is well on track to meet its energy capacity and emissions intensity goals in 2020, 10 years ahead of its pledge under the Paris Agreement.

India will surpass its commitments on greenhouse gas emission checks and energy transition to renewables made under the 2015 Paris climate pact 10 years ahead of time, making it a global leader in climate action.

“We had pledged to reduce emissions intensity by 33-35% by the year 2030 and have already achieved 21%,” India’s Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said at the annual climate summit being held in Katowice, Poland. If the reductions were to include the food and agriculture sector, the reduction is around 26%, the minister said.

India’s climate action plan under the Paris Agreement promised that it would increase the share of renewables to 40% of its power generation capacity, reduce its economy’s emission intensity by 33-35% by 2030 from levels seen in 2005, sequester an additional 2.5-3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide through additional forest cover.

The goal of adding to the forest cover is the one lagging behind schedule. India’s forest cover has increased by one percentage point in the past one year, Harsh Vardhan said at the December 2-14 summit.

The minister said being on the road to achieve two of the three main goals does not necessarily mean India will submit a more ambitious pledge by 2020. “Right now India’s goal is to see that whatever we have promised, we achieve it well before time.”

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The Third Pole, 4 Dec 2018: India races ahead to achieve emissions control targets