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Christian Aid hails big shift in Indian energy mix

2 October 2015 - Christian Aid today welcomes the bold decision by India to include 40  per cent renewables in its electricity mix by 2030. 
 
India has also agreed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33-35 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. These moves make up a part of India’s contribution to the global climate agreement to be struck in Paris this December.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, said: “For a country with little historical responsibility for climate change this is a hugely welcome move. It demonstrates a genuine intention to develop in a clean and sustainable manner and moves us a step closer to getting a successful outcome in Paris.

“Not only does it kill the idea spread by climate change deniers that India and China don’t want a deal in Paris, it also shows that developing nations are able to leapfrog dirty energy.

“The commitment to reduce its emissions intensity is a good step in the road to decarbonisation, but on its own it will not be enough and needs to be increased to keep temperature rises within safe levels. There is big potential for India to go further to cut its carbon emissions if it can be assured access to finance, technology and international collaboration coming out of the Paris deal.

“Hopefully India will now support the inclusion of regular review cycles every five years in the Paris agreement, to allow all countries to increase ambition to keep the world on a safe track.”

He added that India’s push to renewables showed momentum was with clean energy: “The cost of renewable energy is dropping all the time and becoming cost effective, even before you add in all the associated costs a climate-changed world would bring with fossil fuels.

“It is now imperative that richer countries respond to this positive move from India and deliver the much needed transfer of technology and financial support to climate change affected countries they have promised.”

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