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Fall in India’s CO2 Emissions

  • 06 Nov 2019
  • 3 min read

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According to an analysis published in ‘Carbon Brief’, Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in India are set to grow at their slowest in the year 2019, which is a rise of only 2% from the year 2018. The 2% rate is a lower rate than any annual increase since 2001.

  • As per the International Energy Emissions Agency, 2018 report:
    • India’s per capita emissions were about 40% of the global average.
    • The emissions contributed 7% to the global carbon dioxide burden.
    • U.S., one of the largest emitters, contributed 14%.
  • Carbon Brief is a site that tracks emission and carbon dioxide trends.


  • Economic slowdown in the country.
    • Oil demand growth slowed to 2.6% in the first eight months of 2019, compared with 4.6% in 2018, and 5% on average over the past 10 years.
    • Use of petcoke (an oil refining byproduct) continues to fall after an import ban was put in place.
      • India banned the import of petcoke for use as a fuel in 2018.
      • Thus, import of petcoke is allowed for only cement, lime kiln, calcium carbide and gasification industries, when used as the feedstock or in the manufacturing process.
    • Demand for naphtha – a lighter fraction of refined crude oil used in the chemical industry – fell too, likely due to slower growth in petrochemicals.
  • Slowdown in the expansion of coal-fired electricity generation and surge in renewable power generation.
    • Due to rapid growth in renewable generation, the share of coal in meeting the electricity demand has decreased.
    • In the first six months of 2019, wind, solar and hydro met 70% of the increase in electricity demand.


  • This fall will help India in achieving its renewable energy targets.
    • The targets of India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) include:
      • To reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35% by 2030 from 2005 levels.
      • To achieve about 40% cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030.
  • Slower growth in coal-based power generation will benefit the country’s air quality efforts, as essentially all coal-fired power plants in India lack pollution controls which are necessary in countries like China and the European Union.

Source: TH

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