India can hold its greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector at 2018 levels by increasing its clean power capacity, according to a Berkeley Lab-led team of researchers. A new study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from researchers at Berkeley Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of California, Berkeley, shows India can aim even higher with its renewable energy goals.
“By increasing its clean power capacity from the current target of 450 gigawatts within the next decade to 600 gigawatts, the nation can hold its greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector at 2018 levels while nearly doubling the supply of electricity to meet economic development needs,” according to a statement on Monday.
The costs, the researchers demonstrated, would be comparable to those of a fossil fuel-dominated grid, the report said, noting that India had set ambitious targets for renewable power, with plans to quintuple its current wind and solar energy capacity by 2030. India’s transition away from fossil fuels will have a significant impact on global climate efforts since it is the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, although its per capita emissions are below the global average, it said.