An assessment of India's 2020 carbon intensity target - Grantham Report 4

Topics: Mitigation
Type: Institute reports and analytical notes
Publication date: 2011



Project lead: Neil Hirst
Project team: Alex Dunnett, Mark Faist, Sam Foster, Mark Jennings, Luis Munuera, and Danlu Tong
Published: August 2011


India is a signatory of the Copenhagen Accord, developed at the Copenhagen climate summit in December 2009, which recognised that deep cuts in global emissions were required “with a view to reduce global emissions so as to hold the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius”. As part of international mitigation efforts, India registered with the UNFCCC its voluntary endeavour to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 20 - 25% by 2020 in comparison to the 2005 level.

This Report assesses the feasibility and ambition of these targets, given the scale of global emissions reductions required to hold the rise in global mean temperatures to 2°C, and identifies some of the key domestic and international policy issues and challenges.