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This proposal is based on Pathways to Deep Decarbonzation in India, a report prepared by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project.



This seed proposal is based on Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in India, a report prepared in 2015 by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP). The proposal was prepared by a Climate CoLab Fellow. We invite other CoLab members to link to this proposal or to use it as a starting point for creating new proposals of their own. DDPP has not reviewed or endorsed this proposal.

DDPP is a collaborative global research initiative to understand how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy consistent with the internationally agreed goal of limiting anthropogenic warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C).

It was convened under the auspices of the the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

The country teams include researchers from leading institutions in their respective countries, acting independently; they do not represent the official positions of their national governments.

The Pathways for Deep Decarbonization in India Report expects that by the year 2050 India would still increase its CO2 emissions by 41-110% above 2010 levels, depending on which of the two energy system transformation scenarios presented is considered. Emissions would rise from around 1497 MtCO2 in 2010 to 2108 - 3157 MtCO2 in 2050 despite the fact that a high carbon price is assumed in the models.

Figures for the three pillars of decarbonization in India proposed by the DDP:

1. Energy efficiency and conservation: energy intensity of GDP is reduced 76-80 percent between 2015 and 2050. At the same time final energy consumption increases 330%.

2. Decarbonizing electricity and fuels: the electricity sector carbon intensity decreases 91-93% by 2050, with significant nuclear contribution.

3. Switching end uses to low-carbon supplies: electrification and/or use of biomass or synthetic fuels such as hydrogen rises from14% to 27%. 


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