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Net-Zero emissions in India’s energy systems achievable by 2050: TERI & Shell report

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Net zero emission energy transition achievable by 2050According to the report by ‘India:Transforming to a net-zero emissions energy system’ released by TERI (The Energy & Resources Institute) & Shell (otherwise known as Royal Dutch Shell plc), the Net Zero emissions in energy system in India is achievable by 2050.Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog released the report.

  • The report is one of the first assessments of the challenges that India would face if India were to move towards Net-zero emissions energy system.

Factors needed to achieve the target

  • Suitable Policy and innovation driven context for deploying clean energy technologies on a massive scale.
  • Development of new fuels, such as liquid biofuels and biogas, as well as hydrogen produced from Electrolysis.
  • Carbon Removals (Technology & nature-based solutions) will have a major role in moving towards zero emissions.

Areas of Action – specified by report

The report highlights the transformations needed by India over the next 30 years for India to achieve the goal.

Accelerate Clean Technologies

  • Growing the power sector by a factor of more than four in 30 years, dominated by renewables (around 90%).
  • Fixing a target of 13% hydrogen in final energy, including as a fuel for industry and transport
  • Transform Bioenergy, with liquid biofuels surpassing petroleum products by 2040 to field Industry, Transport & Aviation.

Support energy-efficient and lower-carbon choices

  • Invest in processes, technologies and end uses to improve energy intensity per unit of GDP by almost 60% by 2050.
  • Adopting economic mechanisms such as carbon trading to facilitate reallocation of capital and resources to support commercialization of new fuels & technologies.

Remove Carbon emissions

  • Resort to Carbon sequestration to an extent of around 1.3 Gt CO2 or carbon capture and storage (CCS) to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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About The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI):

Director General – Dr Vibha Dhawan
Headquarters – New Delhi

About Shell:

Global CEO – Ben Van Beurden
Headquarters – The Hague, Netherlands