In India’s long-term plan to cut emissions, coal still finds a place

The first-of-its-kind document makes close to two dozen references to coal, mostly to justify its continued use for the foreseeable future.

On Monday, environment, forest and climate change minister Bhupender Yadav unveiled India’s long-term strategy for pursuing low-emission development, on the sidelines of the ongoing COP27 climate conference at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. This is the first such plan developed by India and has been prepared in compliance with a requirement under the the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. 

The 121-page document covers four focus areas for decarbonization: electricity, industries, urban design and transport. It also has a chapter on financing and another on forests.  It is, in effect, the first comprehensive strategy document of a nation of 1.3 billion people …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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