The Environment minister of India reiterated his government’s commitment to the cause of climate change on Tuesday. Bhupendra Yadav was speaking at the forum hosted by Integrated Research and Action for Development(IRADe) in New Delhi. IRADe is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to policy solutions for India.
What did he say
- The energy requirements for India in the future have to come from low-intensity carbon sources.
- It will be a required cost to pay in order to prepare the nation for net-zero status by 2070.
- India recently announced its National Determined Contribution (NDCs) for achieving net-zero status by 2070. This showed commitment toward the larger goal of a better world.
- He said that the industrialized nations are progressing at the cost of the third world in terms of carbon emissions.
- While the West led by the US is a major polluter per capita, India has only contributed 4% of the total carbon emissions.
Why is it important
- Nationally Determined Contributions are important towards the larger fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- “Climate Change is perhaps the biggest existential challenge that humanity and our planet have ever faced. It is time for concerted action across the world for effective and adequate mitigation. This needs to be combined with adaptation efforts to manage the inevitable impact of the warming,” Mr. Yadav remarked.
- NDCs are part of the national plans made by nations to put their contribution toward maintaining the temperature rise below 2 degrees celsius before 2100.
The story now
“Clean energy transition in India is already well underway. Globally, India is ranked fourth in terms of installed renewable energy capacity, with non-fossil fuel energy increasing by more than 25% in the last seven years, constituting 40% of India’s energy mix,” he said.
- At the 2021 climate conference at Glasgow, India decided to fulfill 50% of its energy demands from renewable energy by 2030.
- India stands committed to reducing its GDP emission by 45% by 2030 (at 2005 levels)
- To promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, ‘LIFE’ aka Lifestyle for Environment has been added to NDC as well.
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