What should India put forward as the mitigation component of its climate contribution? India has dual interests in climate negotiations: safeguarding adequate energy for development, and promoting an effective international agreement to limit its climate vulnerability. To balance these interests, India should pledge well-developed sector-specific actions that maximize synergies across development and climate outcomes. This approach will avoid lock-in to a high carbon growth path while enhancing development. Sectoral actions could include an additional component conditional on availability of international climate finance. In addition, an updated emissions intensity target would serve as a useful complement to sectorally focused action.
Suggested citation: Navroz K. Dubash and Radhika Khosla (2015) India’s Sustainable Development Led Approach to Climate Mitigation for Paris. Policy Brief. Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. Available at: https://cprindia.org/research/reports/india%E2%80%99s-sustainable-development-led-approach-climate-mitigation-paris.