At the stroke of almost midnight on 01 Oct, India unveiled its climate change pledges, literally at the nth hour of the informal deadline for countries to submit their national climate plans or ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (INDCs).
India has pledged to cut its emissions intensity by 33-35% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
And it will ensure that at least 40% of its energy sources will be fossil fuel-free (which includes not just renewable energy sources, but also hydro power and nuclear power).
“India is not part of the (global warming) problem. But it wants to be part of the solution,” India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar said.
“India’s pledges clear a significant hurdle towards a climate deal in Paris”, reports the Guardian. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/02/indias-pledge-clears-a-significant-hurdle-towards-a-climate-deal-in-paris )
It does not matter if India has not set itself grand targets, comments The Economist. India has shown that “there are more ways of cutting carbon emissions than having grand environmental targets”, it says.
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