Carbon tariffs: On 12th Ministerial of WTO

News: India must follow a constructive approach while negotiating trade rules in the upcoming WTO summit. A range of issues will be discussed in the upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO at Geneva such as fishing subsidies, progress on pandemic-related intellectual property issues, broader questions about WTO reform, including fixing the broken dispute settlement… Continue reading Carbon tariffs: On 12th Ministerial of WTO

India to work towards zero-emission cars by 2040

What is the News? India has joined over 30 other countries in signing the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans. What is the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans? The declaration promises to work towards ensuring that only zero-emission cars and vans are sold by the year 2040. However, this timeline… Continue reading India to work towards zero-emission cars by 2040

Net-zero presents many opportunities for India — and challenges

News: At Glasgow COP26 summit, one of the key announcements made by India was a target for achieving net-zero. India committed to a 2070 net zero target. This is not just significant for the world, but also a sizeable economic opportunity for India. The challenge now is to overcome the obstacles along the way. Must… Continue reading Net-zero presents many opportunities for India — and challenges

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?

Rich nations to miss $100-bn climate fund target even by 2025

What is the news?  As per a recent report published by Oxfam, developed countries’ pledge to provide $100 billions of annual financing, made over a decade ago is unlikely to be met even five years after the target i.e. by 2025. This threatens the aim of limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius as part… Continue reading Rich nations to miss $100-bn climate fund target even by 2025

Centre urges Indian companies to join “Leadership Group for Industry Transition”

What is the News? The Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change has urged Indian companies to join the Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) Initiative. About Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) Launched by: Government of Sweden and India at the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019 with the support from World Economic Forum.… Continue reading Centre urges Indian companies to join “Leadership Group for Industry Transition”

India and US launch the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD)

What is the News? India and the United States of America (USA) have jointly launched the “Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD)”. About Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD) CAFMD is one of the two tracks of the India-U.S. Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 partnership launched at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate… Continue reading India and US launch the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD)

Green-unready: On funding high-impact climate solutions

Synopsis: Fighting climate crisis needs high impact solutions led by entrepreneurs and start-ups. Hence, funding assumes critical importance. Introduction Addressing climate change requires a focus on reducing emissions and increasing carbon sinks. To reduce emissions, innovative solutions that are climate-ready and can be adopted at scale are the need of the hour. Entrepreneurship can accelerate… Continue reading Green-unready: On funding high-impact climate solutions

Carbon neutrality powered by AI

Synopsis: Countries like India, which are leading the adoption of climate change measures, will have to encourage energy companies to embrace higher levels of AI usage. Introduction As the world pushes to mitigate the impact of climate change, it will have to rely much on emerging technologies. The foundational shift of energy transition from fossil-based… Continue reading Carbon neutrality powered by AI

UN: Weather disasters soar in numbers, cost, but deaths fall

Source: This post is based on the article “UN: Weather disasters soar in numbers, cost, but deaths fall” published in The Indian Express on 1st Sep 2021. What is the news? As per World Meteorological Organization (WMO)’s report, weather disasters are striking the world four to five times more often and causing seven times more damage… Continue reading UN: Weather disasters soar in numbers, cost, but deaths fall

Let’s talk land sinks: Are they enough to beat global warming

Source: This post is based on the article “Let’s talk land sinks: Are they enough to beat global warming“ published in Down to Earth on 2nd September 2021. Syllabus: GS3 – Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment. Relevance: Protecting land is important in the fight against global warming. Synopsis: The world is not… Continue reading Let’s talk land sinks: Are they enough to beat global warming

India must commit to net zero emissions

Source: This post is based on the article “India must commit to net zero emissions” posted in The Hindu on 2nd September 2021. Syllabus: GS3 – Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment. Relevance: Need for India to commit to net zero emissions. Synopsis: While all the major economies and big corporates are shifting… Continue reading India must commit to net zero emissions

Global emissions can decline 10% this decade if refineries clean up their act

Source: Down To Earth   What is the news? As per the report published in One Earth, global cumulative emissions could be reduced by 10% during 2020-2030 if refineries adopt low carbon measures.  Findings  Emissions have increased: It estimated that emissions from the refineries in 2018 were about 1.3 gigatons (Gt) which would increase to 16.5 Gt of CO2 in 2020-2030 if refineries do not adopt low carbon measures.  Number… Continue reading Global emissions can decline 10% this decade if refineries clean up their act

India could gain $11 trn in 50 years with climate action: Deloitte report

Source: Business Standard What is the News? Deloitte Economics Institute has released a report, titled “India’s turning point: How climate action can drive our economic future”. Key Findings of the Report: Impact of Climate Change on Economy: India can gain $11 trillion in economic value over the next 50 years by limiting rising global temperatures… Continue reading India could gain $11 trn in 50 years with climate action: Deloitte report