Union Cabinet approves India’s updated NDC under Paris Agreement

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The Union Cabinet has approved the updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of India for reporting to the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention (UNFCCC) on 3rd July.

Important facts

  • The updated NDC seeks to enhance India's contribution towards strengthening global action to combat the threat of climate change as mutually agreed under the Paris Agreement.

  • This will help India move forward on the path of reducing emissions-growth.

  • It will protect the interests of the country and safeguard future development needs based on the principles and provisions of the UNFCCC.

India’s Stand at COP-26

  • India has presented the following five nectar elements (Panchamrit) of India's climate action -

  1. Reach 500 GW Non-fossil energy capacity by 2030.

  2. Renewable energy to meet 50% of India's energy needs by 2030.

  3. To reduce total carbon emissions by one billion tonnes from now to 2030.

  4. A 45 percent reduction in the economy's carbon intensity by 2030 from 2005 levels.

  5. To achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2070.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

  • It was signed in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development also known as the Earth Summit.

  • It was entered into force on March 21, 1994, and has been ratified by 197 countries.

  • It is an international environmental treaty which seeks to reduce atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases.

  • Its aim is to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the earth’s climate system.

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