The Dernogalizer

December 2, 2009

India Reveals Carbon Emissions Target

Not long after the post “India to propose carbon emissions target?”, India revealed their 2020 emissions target.  Both the United States and China revealed their targets of 17% below 2005 levels and a 45% reduction in carbon intensity, both by 2020, last week respectively.  Here’s is India’s target

“Government sources revealed the country could curb the carbon emitted relative to the growth of its economy – its carbon intensity – by 24% by 2020.

The target would mean emissions would continue to rise as the government aims to lift millions out of poverty, but by less than currently predicted.”

To reduce emissions, India’s national action plan on climate change sees increasing solar power generation and improving energy efficiency as a route to “greener growth”. In August, India laid out an ambitious plan to generate 20GW of solar power by 2020, which could equate to 75% of the world’s solar energy.

The country, which is the fourth-highest emitter of greenhouse gases, has been under pressure from developed nations to announce its plan to control emissions.”

“A senior government official, who declined to be named, told Reuters that India’s final targets, likely to be presented in Copenhagen, could reflect a broad range rather than a specific figure.

The momentum generated by the succession of announcements on targets may throw attention on to the issue of funding for climate adaptation in poorer nations.”

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