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India’s INDCs

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The following document summarises India’s position on questions surrounding the Intended
Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that the nation submitted to UNFCCC, and on the
associated issues on the climate change discussion.
A. INDIA’S INDCS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Question 1. What are the key elements and focus areas of India’s INDCs?………………………………………. 4
Question 2. How will the revised renewable energy mix affect India’s residents and citizens? ………….. 4
Question 3. Will India’s INDCs affect the poor? …………………………………………………………………………….. 5
Question 4. Why has India not specified any targets for the agriculture sector in its INDCs? …………….. 5
Question 5. How are India’s INDCs different from other countries’? ……………………………………………….. 5
Question 6. Why did India choose to release its INDCs on Gandhi Jayanti? ……………………………………… 5
B. INDIA’S CAPABILITIES FOR ACHIEVING INDCS & CLIMATE CHANGE TARGETS ………………………………………………….. 6
Question 7. Are India’s INDCs ambitious enough? ………………………………………………………………………… 6
Question 8. Are India’s INDCs achievable? …………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Question 9. What will it cost India to implement the INDCS in its totality? Does India have the
resources to implement its INDCs? How does India plan to mobilise necessary resources?……………………… 6
Question 10. Will India’s INDCs be implemented only by the government?……………………………………….. 7
Question 11. What is the role of the State machinery in implementing the INDC?……………………………… 7
Question 12. What is the institutional arrangement for implementing INDCs?………………………………….. 7
Question 13. How does India plan to achieve its target for achieving its renewable energy capacity?…. 8
C. INDIA’S OVERALL APPROACH AND TARGETS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION …………………………………………………… 9
Question 14. What are India’s plans for climate change mitigation?………………………………………………… 9
Question 15. What are India’s plans for adapting to climate change?………………………………………………. 9
Question 16. Why has India not indicated its peaking year for GHG emissions? ………………………………. 10
Question 17. Why has India established its targets for reducing emissions intensity, but not its
emissions? 10
Question 18. What role does India envisage for itself in the global climate change effort? ………………. 11
Question 19. What are the MRV mechanisms for India’s INDCs? Is there any new regulatory mechanism
in addition to the Environmental Protection Act?……………………………………………………………………………… 11
Question 20. Would India adopt a domestic cap and trade mechanism for meeting mitigation
objectives? 11
Question 21. What are the lifestyle changes that India would be advocating? Are there any incentives
for low-carbon/carbon-friendly lifestyles?……………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
Question 22. India plans to ramp up its use of coal in the coming decade. Is India concerned that this
will exasperate an already serious problem of air pollution in its major cities?……………………………………. 12
Question 23. Despite its major and ambitious target for non-fossil fuels, why is India’s future electricity
requirement linked to coal? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 12