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While a of governments have announced major commitments to cut down their domestic carbon emissions, these efforts will not be enough to bring global energy related emissions to Net Zero by says a recent report by the International Energy Agency, an OECD intergovernmental headquartered in Paris. Announcing Net Zero commitments has become a voluble part of global discourse on the ongoing environmental catastrophe. Beside the IEA, institutions like the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change maintain that any efforts to arrest and reverse global warming must address emissions made by the energy sector, estimated to contribute over two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Chaturvedi agrees that different countries would need to set cut deadlines and targets. The roadmap also recommends halting any new investment in unabated coal plants, saying that advanced economies must phase out unabated coal plants by and developing economies by Although coal abatement relies on many unproven and untested technologies, the demand has already created a stir, with governments in Japan and Australia have announcing their disagreements with the report.

Asked whether India will be able to shift away from fossil fuels rapidly, Chaturvedi said it depends on whether the Indian government adopts a Net Zero commitment, which it has yet to do. It would involve committing to a peak year, when domestic emissions start to decline, as well as a deadline for achieving carbon neutrality. We see all these cut multiple investment projects going on in the coal sector and in fossil energy.

This will include expansion plans for 24 existing mines, and eight new projects it claims will produce 81 million tonnes of coal from April The pandemic has led to a downgrade in estimates of future energy demand. Much of this growth involves the transfer of public money through government investment or cut subsidies to coal mining, oil and gas drilling, thermal power plants, or ecologically destructive hydropower dams.

It found that the Indian public subsidised renewable energy including hydropower to the tune of INR 9, crore inup threefold since Yet public subsidies for oil, gas and coal were nearly nine times higher, at INR 83, crore in These it says are due mostly to the increase in crude oil prices and growing consumption of LPG. He emphasises that it is not possible to suddenly shut down coal mines because they employ a large of people, and there has to be a proper transition movement. It should be immediately shut off and in five years we can say no new coal production and in another five, no new coal base utilisation.

In miners extracted million tonnes of coal, whereas last year the extraction amounted to million tonnes. Meanwhile the renewable energy sector is also being grown. These figures include hydropower, and as The Citizen reported people are now also being displaced from their land without their consent by solar power producers working with the government. Energy storage systems can play an important part in grid integration, and can help electric systems become flexible, for instance by storing the electricity produced during sunny periods and feeding it back to the grid later.

According to Vaibhav Chaturvedi, the Indian government has framed its climate leadership in terms of renewable energy penetration. With the government mum on a peak year for emissions or a deadline to achieve carbon neutrality, Chaturvedi points out that none of its stated targets talk about Net Zero either, for now.


Carbon emissions per person remain low in India, at 1. Among the challenges in transitioning to clean energy, Sengupta emphasises the need to locally produce clean energy technology.


He points out that hard analysis is missing, making it difficult for an informed consensus to emerge. After doing an analysis and engaging with all the relevant decision makers, the government should take a call. Net Zero by is very tight, of course, due to a lot of challenges, but it is not undoable. Where the Sun Never Sets on Racism 16 hours ago.


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