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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Greenpeace response to India’s INDC

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 ottobre 2015

New-Delhi. India today announced its climate targets as part of the UN negotiations on climate change. Indians government committed to reducing its carbon intensity by 33-35 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. The Indian government aims to do this by increasing the share of installed electric capacity from non-fossil sources to 40 percent by 2030 as well as promising to protect/increase its forest cover so an additional 2.5 billion tonnes of carbon would be sequestered.Responding to the announcement, Pujarini Sen, Climate and Energy Campaigner from Greenpeace India said:“The Indian target to reach 40 percent of electricity from non-fossil sources by 2030 is certainly a step in the right direction. The bulk of energy must be solar and wind, given the potential for renewable energy as well as economic benefits available for India.” “Decentralised renewable energy systems must account for a significant proportion of this target, as this is the opportunity for the 300 million plus Indians who still lack access to electricity. Grid reforms are also essential to reach this target. This commitment is in line with India’s articulation of climate justice, as these are the people most vulnerable to climate change”.The commitment to renewable energy will change the energy matrix in India as renewables currently account for less than 12 percent of energy supply. However, India’s continued commitment to expand coal power capacity is baffling. Further expansion of coal power will hamper India’s development prospects, by worsening the problems of air quality and water scarcity as well as contributing to the destruction of forests and the displacement of communities. Financial analysts have predicted that electricity from renewable energy, especially solar, will be cheaper than coal within a few years.

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