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The Indian government is planning to achieve renewable energy (RE) capacity of 150 gigawatts (GW) by 2 October 2021.
About India’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions
India is the third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China
India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under Paris Agreement aims to do the following,
Reduce the emissions’ intensity of its GDP by 33% to 35% by 2030 from 2005 level.
Increase total cumulative electricity generation from fossil-free energy sources to 40% by 2030,
Create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons through additional forest and tree cover.
How much renewable energy capacity does India have achieved so far?
India is the only major economy with actions in line to keep global warming below 2 °C of pre-industrial levels,
India has reached 38.5% of its installed power capacity from non-fossil fuels, and this will go up to 66% by 2030. The country has also reduced its emissions by 28%.
Currently, India’s installed renewable energy capacity is 147.05 GW. Among these, solar and wind energy capacity stands at 100.68 GW and hydropower projects at 46.37 GW.
Moreover, as part of the efforts, more 2.2 GW is to be commissioned by 2nd October and another 2.32 GW by 31 October.
Source: This post is based on the article “Govt pulling out all stops for 150 GW RE capacity by 2 Oct” published in Livemint on 27th Sep 2021.