New Delhi Correspondent
India said on Monday that it is firmly on course to achieve its target of achieving green energy basket and reduce the quantum of greenhouse gases well ahead of the deadline.
“In terms of commitment, we are already on track. We will achieve our target ahead of the schedule of the year 2030”, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
He said India is truly committed to winning the battle against global warming and the country has made “great strides “ in its journey towards meeting climate change adaptation and mitigation targets.
India set an ambitious target on three fronts that 40 per cent of its installed power capacity will be from non-fossil fuels by 2030, cut down the emissions of greenhouse gas intensity by 33-35 per cent from the 2005-levels and create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide through additional tree and forest cover.
Vardhan said India is working hard for achieving 175 GW target for installed Renewable Energy capacity by 2022. India stands fourth in wind power, fifth in renewable power and in solar power installed. Besides solar and wind power, India is also working on biomass, biofuel and bio-energy, he added.
In the last few years, India has also taken a number of other initiatives like installing 310 million LEDs countrywide and around 58 million households are already covered by cooking gas, said Vardhan.
He also said that just in the last two years India has achieved a one per cent increase in its forest cover whereas in many countries across the globe, it is depleting.
Besides, more than 0.26 million electric vehicles have been sold in India, with more than 91 million carbon oxide reduction (in kg), he said adding “we have also pledged to get rid of single-use plastic by 2022 across the country.”
Meanwhile, the US-based Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has found in its survey that India is on course in achieving in advance two of its three targets for electricity generation from non-fossil fuels by 2020 and reducing its emission intensity below the 2005 levels.