India needs 5630 GW of solar capacity by 2070 for net-zero emissions: report.
India’s total installed solar power capacity will need to increase to 5,630 gigawatts (GW) by 2070 to achieve net-zero emissions, according to a new report released Tuesday by the independent think tank Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).
Consequently, the corresponding total land requirement for India’s power generation assets, especially solar, would be about 4.6 percent, says the report, entitled “Implications of a zero net target for sectoral energy transitions and policy climate of India.”
In a first assessment of these kinds of different scenarios to achieve net-zero emissions, CEEW has said that India would also need to develop the recycling capacities necessary to handle the solar photovoltaic waste generated.
India currently has 100 GW of installed renewable energy capacity, of which solar energy comprises 40 GW, and its goal is to upgrade renewable energy capacity to 450 GW by 2030.
The report further highlighted that to achieve net zero By 2070, the use of coal, especially for power generation, would have to peak by 2040 and fall by 99 percent between 2040 and 2060.
However, a recent IPCC report published earlier this year has underlined the importance of achieving net-zero globally to limit the total rise in temperatures to 1.5-2 degrees in the coming decades.
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