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27 September 2021

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India Makes Clean Energy Commitments at UN Summit

At the first leader-level meeting on energy under the UN General Assembly in 40 years, India made commitments to increase renewable energy installed capacity to 450GW by 2030, and looking forward to attaining a National Hydrogen Energy Mission to produce annual green hydrogen 1MT by 2030.


In conjunction with this announcement, India aims:

  • to begin a production linked incentive scheme to add 10GW solar PV manufacturing capacity by 2025
  • to create 15MMT production capacity of compressed biogas by 2024
  • enhance energy efficiency in agriculture, buildings, industry and transport sectors
  • promote energy-efficient applications and equipment to reduce the country’s emissions intensity of GDP by 33-35% over 2005 levels by 2030


Besides, the UN General Assembly President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, also mentioned, “India is indeed a very important player of the multilateral system. It is a friendly country to the United Nations. If India succeeds in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda – we are talking about 1.3 billion people – this really can change the face of the world.” She is very much looking forward to having India’s success in achieving sustainable development goals.

Sri Lanka Aims To Be A Net-zero Emitter by 2050

The Star published similar news on renewable energy in India on 27 Sept. Sri Lanka will cease building new coal-fired power plants and achieve net-zero carbon emission by 2050.


“Our aim is to transition away from fossil fuels, promote de-carbonisation, and make Sri Lanka a carbon neutral country by 2050,” said Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka, at United Nations International Energy Forum.


Sri Lanka is the latest Asian country to pledge an end to building new coal-fired power, following similar moves by South Korea and Japan earlier this year.