Breaking News: India to cut carbon intensity by 24%
***UPDATE – ‘Four days ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit, India on Thursday announced it will reduce its emission intensity by 20-25% by 2020′ (source: The Times of India)
India is the world’s fourth highest emitter of greenhouse gasses and is poised to move up in those rankings as it further develops and industrializes. According to U.S. State Department figures India’s middle class, who already number 50 million, is projected to grow by a factor of ten by the year 2025. Though millions of people pulling themselves out of poverty is certainly good news, as far as emissions, energy and resources are concerned, those numbers are cause for some concern.
An article in yesterday’s (December 2nd) Guardian states that the Indian media is reporting information leaked from the Indian government regarding a proposed reduction in carbon intensity of 24% by 2020. As the COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen is only days away, announcements like this are not exactly surprising. China recently pledged a 40% cut in carbon intensity by 2020, while Japan, the European Union and the United States have all announced commitments in their over all emissions.
‘To reduce emissions, India’s national action plan on climate change sees increasing solar power generation, improving energy efficiency and enhancing carbon sinks 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.’
Carbon intensity or emissions intensity is the amount of emissions as they relate to economic growth. For example, coal has a high carbon intensity, while wind power’s is very low. An official announcement by India regarding cuts is expected on December 3rd.
By Graham Land