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The many paths to a greener future

Jayant Sinha and Anshu Bharadwaj note that India is demonstrating a new paradigm in which economic growth does not have to go together with the consumption of fossil fuels and increasing emissions


Jayant SinhaAnshu Bhardwaj
Researchers and policymakers are exploring various pathways for Indian carbon emissions over time. These pathways range from Business-As-Usual (BAU) to Low-Carbon to Net-Zero. In each pathway, it is becoming increasingly important to establish when carbon emissions for India will peak and then start to decline. 

Climate justice would suggest that India’s peak year can come quite late, since our per capita carbon emissions are very low. However, the later that India’s emissions peak, the more difficult it will be to transition to a greener economy, and the more difficult it will be for us to export our high-carbon products and services.

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First Published: Jul 22 2021 | 12:19 AM IST

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