The union cabinet has approved India’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to be communicated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The updated NDC seeks to enhance India’s contributions towards achievement of the strengthening of global response to the threat of climate change, as agreed under the Paris Agreement. This update to India’s existing NDC translates the ‘Panchamrit’ announced at COP 26 into enhanced climate targets. As per the updated NDC, India now stands committed to reduce emissions intensity of its gross domestic production (GDP) by 45 per cent by 2030, from 2005 level and achieve about 50 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030. The updated NDC reads “To put forward and further propagate a healthy and sustainable way of living based on traditions and values of conservation and moderation, including through a mass movement for ‘LIFE’– ‘Lifestyle for Environment’ as a key to combating climate change”. The update is also a step towards achieving India’s long term goal of reaching net-zero by 2070. Such action will help India usher in low emissions growth pathways.