August 15, 2022
Climate Change: Cabinet approves country’s NDC, converts PM Modi’s ‘Panchamrit’ into climate goals

Climate Change: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved India’s Nationally Updated Determined Contributions or Nationally Determined Contributions for reporting to the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention. (Nationally Determined Contributions) has been approved.

The updated NDC seeks to enhance India’s contribution towards strengthening global action to combat the threat of climate change as mutually agreed under the Paris Agreement. Such efforts will also help India move forward on the path of reducing emissions growth. It will protect the interests of the country and safeguard future development needs based on the principles and provisions of the UNFCCC.

Urges to accelerate climate action

In the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, India presented five Amrittatva (Panchamrut) to the world. and urged for intensifying climate action. This updated version of India’s existing NDC converts the ‘Panchamrut’ announced in COP 26 into advanced climate targets. This refreshed form will also prove to be an important step towards achieving India’s long-term goal of Net-Zero by 2070.

India submitted its NDC to UNFCCC on 2 October 2015

Earlier, India had submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UNFCCC on October 2, 2015. The 2015 NDC included eight targets; Three of these are numerical targets for 2030, such as increasing the cumulative installed capacity of electricity generation from non-fossil sources to 40 percent; Reducing the emission intensity of GDP by 33 to 35 percent compared to 2005 levels and creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide through additional forest and tree cover.

According to the latest NDC, India is now set to reduce the emission intensity of its GDP by 45 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve about 50 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030. Committed to. Today’s acceptance also takes forward the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of sustainable lifestyles and climate justice to protect the poor and vulnerable from the adverse effects of climate change.

India’s updated NDC strives to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

The Government of India believes that “The latest NDCs have been prepared after careful consideration of our national circumstances and the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Related Capabilities (CBDR-RC). It also reaffirms our commitment to working towards achieving the development goals as well as moving towards the path of low carbon emissions.”

Underlining the fact that lifestyle plays a major role in climate change, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India proposed a ‘one word movement’ to the global community in COP26. That one word is Life…L, I, F, E means Lifestyle for Environment. The approach to life is to adopt a lifestyle that is in harmony with our planet and does not harm it. India’s updated NDC also reflects this citizen-centred approach to tackling climate change.

India’s transition to clean energy roadmap for the period 2021-2030

The updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) also represents a roadmap for India’s transition to clean energy for the period 2021-2030. The state-of-the-art infrastructure, along with several other government initiatives, including tax concessions and incentives, such as the Generation Linked Incentive Scheme for the adoption of renewable energy, will provide an opportunity to enhance India’s manufacturing capabilities and exports. This will lead to an overall increase in green jobs like renewable energy, in the clean energy industry- automotive, manufacturing of low-emission products like electric vehicles and super-efficient appliances, and innovative technologies like green hydrogen, etc.

The updated NDCs of India will be implemented in the period 2021-2030 through programs and schemes of the concerned Ministries/Departments and with due support of the States and Union Territories. The government has launched several schemes and programs to enhance India’s actions on both adaptation and mitigation. Appropriate measures are being taken under these schemes and programs in several sectors including water, agriculture, forestry, energy and enterprise, sustainable mobility and housing, waste management, circular economy and resource efficiency etc. As a result of the above measures, India is progressively separating economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions. The net zero target by 2030 by Indian Railways alone will reduce emissions by 60 million tonnes annually. Similarly, India’s massive LED bulb campaign is reducing emissions by 40 million tonnes annually.

India’s climate action so far has been largely financed from domestic resources. However, providing new and additional financial resources as well as transfer of technology to address the global climate change challenge is one of the commitments and responsibilities of developed countries under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. India will also need its fair share from such international financial resources and technical assistance.

The NDC of India does not bind it to any area specific mitigation obligations or actions. India aims to reduce overall emissions intensity and improve the energy efficiency of its economy over time while simultaneously protecting vulnerable sectors of the economy and segments of our society.

“India decides to update NDC in line with PM’s Glasgow announcements”

Commenting on the development, RR Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, says, “India’s decision to update its NDC is in line with the PM’s Glasgow announcements. It enhances the ambition and yet puts sustainable development under debate. It emphasizes the value of a sustainable way of life as an effective and equitable solution to the problem of climate change, making it clear that by 2030, 50% of energy will be based on non-fossil fuel based electricity generation. To be counted as, a permanent doubt is also dispelled.”

Only part of what was announced in Glasgow vested in India’s NDC: Director

“Only a portion of what was announced in Glasgow now lies in India’s NDCs,” says Climate Trends Director Arti Khosla. Compared to today’s 40 percent non-fossil fuel-based targets, The target of having 50 percent installed capacity of non-fossil fuel-based targets by 2030, shows that the direction of travel is good but the pace could have been faster. 500GW of non-fossil-based (and 450GW of renewable-based energy) in the NDC It also does not include the U.S.’s target, which is often discussed as the country’s real ambition on the climate goals. One can only hope that more ambition is inherent in presenting a long-term strategy.”

Policy advisor Balasubramaniam Viswanathan said this

In line with this, Policy Advisor Balasubramaniam Viswanathan, International Institute for Sustainable Development, says, “It is great to see India officially reaffirming its climate commitments through its updated NDC. Together with the upcoming COP and the G20 summit in India next year, these actions could strengthen India’s negotiating power, particularly around climate finance from the global north.”

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