India's intended nationally determined contribution is balanced and comprehensive: Environment Minister
Addressing a press conference here today, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, said that India is keen to attempt to work towards a low carbon emission pathway, while simultaneously endeavoring to meet all the developmental challenges that the country faces today.
Javadekar said that INDC include reduction in the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 level and to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.
India has also decided to anchor a global solar alliance, INSPA (International Agency for Solar Policy & Application), of all countries located in between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
The Minister said, ‘recent decisions of the Government represent a quantum jump in its aspirations and demonstrate unparalleled vision’.
He also said that India’s contribution represent utmost ambitious action in the current state of development.
The INDC centre around India’s policies and programmes on promotion of clean energy, especially renewable energy, enhancement of energy efficiency, development of less carbon intensive and resilient urban centres, promotion of waste to wealth, safe, smart and sustainable green transportation network, abatement of pollution and India’s efforts to enhance carbon sink through creation of forest and tree cover.
INDC outlines the post-2020 climate actions they intend to take under a new international agreement.
The INDC document is prepared with a view to taking forward the Prime Minister’s vision of a sustainable lifestyle and climate justice to protect the poor and vulnerable from adverse impacts of climate change.
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change adopted an inclusive process for preparation of India’s INDC.
It held stakeholder consultations with the specific involvement of the key Ministries and State Governments. Interactions were also held with civil society organisations, thinktanks and technical & academic institutions of eminence.
The Ministry had commissioned Greenhouse Gas (GHG) modeling studies for projections of GHG emissions till 2050 with a decadal gap.
The gist of all these consultations & studies were taken on board before submitting India’s INDC. For India’s INDC, Government zeroed-in-on a set of contributions which are comprehensive, balanced, equitable and pragmatic and addresses all the elements including Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance, Technology Transfer, Capacity Building and Transparency in Action and Support.