India set to attain a climate target a decade in advance: new research
India is very likely to attain the goal of having 40 per cent of its electricity generation coming from renewable sources by the year 2020 itself, instead of predicted 2030.
As India is about to reveal, the latest information on the number of greenhouse gases it has been emitting for the last few years, a new analysis by an international energy research body shows New Delhi was in line for achieving at least one of its emission-reducing targets a decade earlier than planned.
The Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a US-based organisation that conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and environment, has said that India was likely to attain the goal of having 40 percent of its electricity generation coming from renewable sources by the year 2020 itself, instead of the original target of 2030.
Attaining the target was one of India’s key three targets. The rest two were reducing emission intensity of the GDP (emissions per unit of GDP) by 33 to 35 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, and creating additional carbon sink of about 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes through extensive afforestation by 2030.
Officials at Department of Environment and Forests confirmed that they might not able to achieve the afforestation target, but will definitely over-achieve the other two.