Perseverance of environment is a major concern for the world with the phenomenon of climate change. The time when the UN has called for no further build of coal across the world and countries are committing to bringing down emissions to net zero by mid-century, many Indian states have undertaken progressive climate actions with their shift towards use of renewable energy.
This came to light in a discussion organised by The Climate Group on the side-lines of the annual New York Climate Week on Friday.
Gujarat is moving forward towards reducing emissions as they choose to rely only on renewable energy to meet its potential power needs.
An analysis shows that the share of coal power generation in the state will come down to 16 percent by 2030 from the current 63 per cent as it aligns with the 450GW revised national renewable energy target.
Also, the state is setting up the world’s largest grid-scale battery storage in Kutch and is one of India’s largest markets for electric two-wheelers.
Electricity sector in India contributes to 40 per cent of emissions.
Ladakh is moving forward to 10 GW of renewable energy capacity with solar and wind power and it is setting up India’s largest 50MWh battery storage capacity.
Along with this NITI Aayog has appointed TERI to facilitate an action plan and embed carbon neutrality in every department of Ladakh as part of its Vision 2050 development plan.
The exercise to convert Ladakh into carbon neutral territory in the next few years with every department working on five-year exit plans. Also, installation of solar and geothermal projects has begun to replace the polluting DG sets. Electric and hydrogen vehicles are being given a push to reduce emissions from transport.
The event took place ahead of COP26, the annual climate conference to be held in Glasgow from November 1-14. The findings come at a time when the recent IPCC report has warned of unprecedented climate impacts if nations do not control in their emissions