Indian Railways likely to become world’s first ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030

Synopsis: Indian railways announced a grand plan to achieve net-zero carbon emission. But the plan might face a few challenges in implementation. Introduction Indian Railways has recently announced ambitious plans to become a ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030. Read more: What is net zero target? How fair and realistic these targets are? About Indian Railways… Continue reading Indian Railways likely to become world’s first ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030

India’s difficult transition from fossil fuels to net-zero emissions

Synopsis: India faces many challenges in reducing dependence on coal and oil but the greater use of gas in our energy mix could ease the way. Introduction The coal crisis has forced the Indian government to ramp up domestic production and imports of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, while the world focuses on net-zero carbon… Continue reading India’s difficult transition from fossil fuels to net-zero emissions

Global energy transition too slow, needs a ‘low emissions revolution’: IEA

What is the News? The International Energy Agency(IEA) has published its World Energy Outlook 2021 (WEO) report. What is the purpose of the World Energy Outlook report? The goal of the report is to assess progress made by countries on their clean energy transitions ahead of the 26th Conference of Parties meeting in Glasgow next… Continue reading Global energy transition too slow, needs a ‘low emissions revolution’: IEA

We can’t stabilise the climate without carbon offsets — so how do we make them work? 

Synopsis: Carbon offsetting affords an opportunity to achieving net-zero emission targets but only if its done with full integrity. Introduction  Carbon offsetting has been in news lately. The Grattan Institute released a new report on the role of offsetting in achieving net zero targets.  Carbon offsetting is a difficult part of the climate change conversation… Continue reading We can’t stabilise the climate without carbon offsets — so how do we make them work? 

Net-zero is not enough

Synopsis: A coherent programme of mitigation, adaptation and resilience is what India and every country in the world needs. The global climate discussion must focus clearly on the allocation of available carbon space that will allow countries to work out such a strategy. Introduction The recent report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change… Continue reading Net-zero is not enough

Govt pulling out all stops for 150 GW RE capacity by 2 Oct

What is the News? 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,… Continue reading Govt pulling out all stops for 150 GW RE capacity by 2 Oct

A climate change narrative that India can steer 

Synopsis: The Glasgow COP26 meet offers India a chance to update its Nationally Determined Contributions to meet climate targets. Introduction  Recently, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) published a report titled “Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region”. This report reveals that India has warmed up 0.7° C during 1901- 2018. What are the findings of the assessment?… Continue reading A climate change narrative that India can steer 

MGNREGA could also help India sequester carbon: Study

What is the news?  As per a study by IISc Bangalore, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) can help India meet its target to create an additional carbon sink to the extent of 2.5-3 billion tonnes equivalent of carbon dioxide by 2030.  It is possible through improved forest and tree cover.  The study calculated carbon… Continue reading MGNREGA could also help India sequester carbon: Study

Rising CO2 concentration threatens all 17 SDGs, says WMO report 

What is the news?  As per the report released by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the rising concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) will impact all of the 17 United Nations-mandated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The WMO studied seven climate indicators — CO2 concentration, temperature, ocean acidification and heat, sea ice extent, glacier melt and sea-level rise. It found that… Continue reading Rising CO2 concentration threatens all 17 SDGs, says WMO report 

More companies pledge ‘net-zero’ emissions to fight climate change, but what does that really mean?

Synopsis: “Net-zero emissions” is in the news, and government leaders and CEOs are under pressure to discuss as to how they’ll reduce their countries’ or businesses’ impact on climate change. Introduction Amazon, just announced that more than 200 companies have now joined its Climate Pledge, committing to reach net-zero emissions by 2040. What does net-zero… Continue reading More companies pledge ‘net-zero’ emissions to fight climate change, but what does that really mean?