Vacate carbon space: India urges G20 nations with high emissions

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This will support the aspirations of the developing nations, India has said, reports Asian Lite News

India has urged the group of 20 nations (G20) having per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions above the global average to bring it down to the world average, thereby vacating ‘some’ carbon space for developing nations.

The request was conveyed by Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable energy R K Singh at the G20 energy and Climate Joint Ministerial Meeting 2021 on Friday. The minister addressed the meeting virtually.

“The Minister concluded with a vote of thanks and urged those G20 nations which have per capita GHG emissions above the world average to reduce their per capita GHG emissions and bring them down to the world average over the next few years which will vacate the carbon space to some extent and support the developmental aspirations of the developing nations,” the government said in a release.

G20 Energy and Climate Joint Ministerial Meeting 2021 was held under the Italian Presidency on 23rd July in Naples. Energy and Environment Ministers from the G20 nations participated and deliberated upon the pressing issue of climate change.

Singh encouraged the G20 nations to take immediate steps in this direction so that the world community stays on the right track to leave a better planet for our future generations.

He informed the delegates that against the targeted emission reduction of 33-35 % by 2030, India has already achieved emission reduction of 28% over 2005 levels and at this pace, it is all set to exceed its NDC commitments before 2030.

India has already achieved 38.5 % installed capacity from renewables and when the renewable capacity under construction is also accounted for, the share of renewables in the installed capacity goes well over 48%, which is way above the commitments made under the Paris Agreement, he added.

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris Agreement which requires each country to outline and communicate their post-2020 climate actions.

Under the NDCs, India has committed to have 40% of the total installed capacity from renewables by 2030 and also to reduce its emissions by 33-35 % from 2005 levels. (India News Network)

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