2 October 2015

India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge

Cow dung cakes left to dry out on the wall of a house in Allahabad, India, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Cow dung cakes are popularly used as fuel for cooking in rural India. India plans a fivefold boost in renewable energy capacity in the next five years to 175 gigawatts, including solar power, wind, biomass and small hydropower dams.
India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday.

India vowed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33-35 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, primarily by boosting the share of electricity generated by sources other than fossil fuels such as coal and gas to 40 percent.