Low-carbon development pathways for a sustainable India

Low-carbon development pathways for a sustainable India

This report argues that India can achieve a low-carbon development pathway, with appropriate policies being implemented, without significantly decreasing development ambitions. Two India-specific low-carbon development scenarios are overlaid, based on a calculated carbon budget for India on per capita equity basis and which the report argues are consistent with the goal to end poverty and to promote sustainable development. The study emphasises increasing the investment in development goals, especially on sectors such as education and health; scaling up of renewable energy, and bringing energy efficiency to a level where it is able to meet its full potential in various sectors. The study also suggests that expansion of low-cost mitigation options, innovative solutions, and indigenous, decentralised energy options will aid in rapid infusion and leapfrogging from the conventional fossil fuel-based pathways. This report was published by a consortium of partners, including WWF-India, CEE, Laya, CASA and Welthungerhilfe, at IIC, New Delhi.

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