India Aims To Achieve 50 Per Cent Cumulative Electric Power Installed Capacity From Non-Fossil Fuel Based Energy Sources By 2030

India is aiming to generate about 50 per cent of its installed electricity power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy sources by 2030.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday (3 August) approved India’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to be communicated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The updated NDC seeks to enhance India’s contributions towards achievement of the strengthening of global response to the threat of climate change, as agreed under the Paris Agreement. Such action will also help India usher in low emissions growth pathways. It would protect the interests of the country and safeguard its future development needs based on the principles and provisions of the UNFCCC.

The update is also a step towards achieving India’s long term goal of reaching net-zero by 2070.

The updated NDC also represents the framework for India’s transition to cleaner energy for the period 2021-2030.

As per the updated NDC, India now stands committed to reduce emissions intensity of its GDP by 45 percent by 2030, from 2005 level and achieve about 50 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said in a release.

The ministry said that India’s updated NDC has been prepared after carefully considering country’s national circumstances and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities (CBDR-RC).

India’s updated NDC also reaffirms the country’s commitment to work towards a low carbon emission pathway, while simultaneously endeavouring to achieve sustainable development goals, it added.