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India has committed to source 40% of its electricity from non-fossil fuel based sources by 2030, raising this share from just 13% presently, according to its proposed climate action plan.
The Asian nation has also pledged to reduce the emissions intensity of its gross domestic production (GDP) by 33%-35% by the same year, as compared to 2005 levels. This new target builds on the previous one for 20%-25% emissions intensity reduction by 2020.
India has officially committed to boost its renewable energy capacity to 175 GW by 2022 from the current 36 GW, including 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind.
The country filed its climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) late on Thursday, ahead of the December conference in Paris where governments will be looking to reach a new universal climate change agreement. The Paris deal will come into effect in 2020, with the ultimate goal of preventing average global temperatures to rise above 2 degrees Celsius.