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India on track to meet its Paris Climate Agreement targets, reveals report

The assessment report titled 'The Road from Paris: India's Progress Towards its Climate Pledge' stated that more work needed to be done on the country's aim of developing an extra carbon sink.

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New Delhi, First Published Oct 28, 2021, 3:21 PM IST
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According to a new assessment released on Wednesday by an international non-profit environmental organisation, India is on course to achieve, if not surpass, its Paris Climate Agreement commitments. In its annual review of India's climate change actions, the Natural Resources Defense Council stated that the country is likely to meet its targets of reducing emissions by 33 to 35 per cent of GDP by 2030 from 2005 levels and achieving 40 per cent of installed power capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2030.

However, the assessment report titled 'The Road from Paris: India's Progress Towards its Climate Pledge' stated that more work needed to be done on the country's aim of developing an extra carbon sink. According to the NRDC analysis, India is critical to a successful conclusion at the global climate discussions beginning next week in Glasgow, just as it was at the Paris conference six years ago.

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According to the research, the world has achieved climate targets since the Paris Agreement in 2015, particularly with an unprecedented increase of renewable energy, but it is insufficient. It went on to say that the planet is already 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times and that unless countries agree to drastic and accelerated decarbonisation soon. As warned by the new UN emissions gap report, the report said we are on track for a catastrophic 2.7-degree temperature rise by the end of this century. According to the paper, even a half-degree Celsius increase in temperature can have severe effects for millions of people throughout the world and irreversible loss of species.

According to the research, India plays a critical role in future greenhouse gas mitigation and has significant climate adaptation requirements, with millions presently suffering from excessive heat, drought, and flooding. With the majority of the country's infrastructure still under construction and the future energy supply still to be installed, India has the chance to set a low-carbon development paradigm for the rest of the developing world, according to the report.

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In August 2021, India agreed to ratify the Kigali Amendment, a worldwide agreement to phase out extremely climate-polluting hydrofluorocarbons, often found in cooling appliances and insulating foams. "India has made significant progress on its climate pledges and continues to be a vital international player when it comes to growing ambition and charting a low-carbon future," the report stated. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the forthcoming international climate conference COP26, which will take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.

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