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NSG membership not key to India ratifying Paris Agreement

Government exaggerated the importance of nuclear to its clean energy commitments? ?under the pact?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during  Opening Plenary of the Nuclear Security Summit 2016, in Washington   PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Opening Plenary of the Nuclear Security Summit 2016, in Washington PTI

The government, while staking a membership claim to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), had claimed that nuclear power would constitute nearly a  third of India’s clean energy capacity by 2030. But the publicly stated and aspirational target of 63-Gw nuclear power it referred to makes for less than 15% of the total clean energy capacity India plans to build by 2030 to meet its Paris climate change commitments.  Going by actual internal projections the government used to make its commitments under the global climate pact, nuclear power was estimated to be even ...