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India Achieves 20% reduction in emissions intensity: Power minister

Indiahas achieved a 20% reduction in itsemissions intensityagainst the 33% level it has committed to attain by 2030 at theUN Framework Conventionon Climate Change, power ministerRK Singhsaid. The government’s programmes on energy conservation and efficiency including the star labelling programme, energy savings scheme for industrial units, LED lamps distribution and efficient buildings code have led to the reduction in carbon emissions, he said.

“We have in our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) said that by 2030, we will cap the emission intensity of our economy to 33% as compared to the 2005 levels. Now we are well on our way. We have already achieved a saving of 20%,” Singh told ET in an interaction.

On Friday, Singh launched ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, an energy conservation building code (ECBC) for residential buildings that aims to promote energy efficiency in design and construction of homes and generate awareness towards conservation. “We will save 125 billion units of electricity by 2030 through this code, which is equivalent to 100 million tonnes of CO2 emission,” Singh said. “The ECBC for commercial buildings has been adopted by almost half the states. If all states adopt it, it will result in energy saving of 150 billion units by 2030,” he added. Commercial and residential buildings together account for about 30% of the country’s total energy consumption.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency, which is spearheading the power ministry’s energy efficiency and savings drive, is also expected to introduce energy efficiency guidelines for light commercial vehicles and airports next year.

Among other efforts in saving energy, the power ministry earlier this year notified a campaign to make default temperature setting of air conditioners at 24 degrees Celsius. The industry has been proactive in accepting the directive, Singh said. “It is likely that from next year, this default setting will be made mandatory. But let me first educate the consumers with the need to do the same,” Singh said.

India had in 2015 committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35% by 2030 from the 2005 level. It had also announced plans to shift 40% of its installed power generation capacity to non-fossil-fuel-based energy resources.

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