India announces climate change plan

India has unveiled plans to tackle climate change ahead of the COP21 conference in Paris later this year. The country pledges to produce 40% of electricity from “non-fossil fuel” energy […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

India has unveiled plans to tackle climate change ahead of the COP21 conference in Paris later this year.

The country pledges to produce 40% of electricity from “non-fossil fuel” energy sources by 2030.

It has committed to boost renewables, install “more” efficient and “cleaner” technologies in thermal stations and reduce emissions from transports.

It will also develop actions to enhance climate resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change.

India aims to install 175GW of renewable energy by 2022.

India’s Environment Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar said: “Though India is not part of the problem, it wants to be part of the solution. Our historical cumulative emission as of today is below 3%. All countries need to respect differentiation as a principle to deliver climate justice to the developing world.

“Some developed countries want to negate the whole set of principles of UNFCCC [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change] which is regrettable. Therefore, for the success of Paris there should be no effort to tamper with any principle and elements of the convention.”