New Delhi | With the rise in population India announced that it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 33-35 per cent of its 2005 levels by 2030.
The announcement came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged that India was committed to making its contribution to the fight against climate change despite having not been responsible for emissions. The government committed its figures of mitigation action to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as its targets in New York.
To achieve these targets, India will have to ensure that non fossil fuel sources provide about 40 per cent of its electricity requirement. In its Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted to the UN climate body, the country also promised to increase its tree cover to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tones of carbon dioxide equivalent.
These targets and measures for adaptation to climate change will require about 2.5 trillion dollars at 2014-15 prices till 2030 in addition to a number of clean technologies.India in its plan also emphasised on propagating “a healthy and sustainable way of living based on traditions and values of conservation and moderation”.It also promised that the country would increase the carbon sink by creating an additional capacity of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.
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