Sustainable living

India is a spiritual nation and Indians are very aware of the environment and its degradation. Solar energy is a large industry in India, and the country ranks fifth in the world when it comes to wind power generation.

“People are going to say, ‘My God, we are going to have to take action much faster than we had planned.” - Rajendra K. Pachauri

India’s renewables

In 2008, the Indian government set an ambitious target of producing 15 per cent of the country’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.

India is aiming to have 4,000 megawatts of solar power contributing the grid by 2017, rising to 20,000 megawatts by 2022. It also aims for 31 gigawatts of wind power by 2017 - almost doubling the amount installed in 2011.

The graph shows that most of India's new generation capacity came from conventional sources — particularly coal. In 2010, coal power produced the vast majority of India’s nearly 1,000 terawatt hours of energy.

Source: The Carbon Brief


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Finding sustainable solutions
In June 2008, India launched the project 'National Action Plan on Climate Change'. The project's goal is to save energy in all fields possible and find sustainable solutions to issues regarding environmental problems as well as adapting to climate changes.
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Indian ‘testing centre’ for renewable energy
Auroville – a village of 1,500 residents – is recognised in India as a 'testing' centre for a wide variety of renewable energy technologies. The residents are very involved in the research and implementation of renewable energy systems.
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Sustainable tourism
India puts a lot of effort into preserving its wildlife. One of the ways in which India makes an effort in maintaining its wildlife is through sustainable tourism. This is a way of making sure that the tourist industry makes as little environmental impact on the Indian wildlife and nature as possible. This includes finding sustainable solutions for transportation and accommodation as well as making sure that the locals do not suffer from the impact of the growing tourism industry.