Has India Actually Reached Its Clean Energy Target Of 40%?
In 2015, the Indian government had pledged in the Paris Climate Agreement to attain 40% of total electricity generation capacity from non-fossil energy sources by 2030. In recent weeks, the government had claimed that it has achieved this goal in November 2021. The government claimed that India’s total Installed Renewable Energy (RE) Capacity reached 156.83 gigawatt (GW), which constitutes 40.1% of the established electricity generation capacity of the country.
However, when we take a look at the figures, we see that India is much behind its goal. Simply installing non-fossil energy sources is not enough to achieve the objective. At present, only 28.44% of the total electricity generated comes from renewable sources.