India to set 35% carbon intensity reduction target by 2030 -media

Published 03:53 on September 22, 2015  /  Last updated at 11:06 on November 24, 2015  /  Asia Pacific, Other APAC  /  No Comments

India’s Cabinet will on Wednesday approve a target to reduce the carbon intensity of the economy to 35% below 2005 levels by 2030, a plan that would include building 350 GW of solar and wind power capacity over the next 15 years, the Business Standard reported.

India’s Cabinet will on Wednesday approve a target to reduce the carbon intensity of the economy to 35% below 2005 levels by 2030, a plan that would include building 350 GW of solar and wind power capacity over the next 15 years, the Business Standard reported.

The target is part of India’s INDC, set to be submitted to the UN within the next week if Cabinet approves it, the paper wrote, quoting unnamed government officials.

A 35% cut in carbon intensity would represent a deepening of India’s 2020 ambition, which is a 20-25% reduction in emissions per unit of GDP.

According to the Business Standard, the Indian plan would be to raise the share of renewable sources in the electricity generation mix to 40% by 2030.

India is already planning to add 160 GW of solar and wind to the mix by 2022, but the new target would require a further 190 GW by the end of next decade, the paper said.

By Stian Reklev – news@carbon-pulse.com

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