India remains in the top 10 for the second year in a row in this year’s CCPI, occupying rank 10.
The country received high ratings in all CCPI categories except Renewable Energy, where it had a medium performance.Under the Renewable Energy category, India performed medium and high for its current shares of renewable energy and development of renewable energy supply in the last year, respectively.
Country experts attribute these positive developments to India’s policy frameworks. They recognise the need, however, for long-term planning. CCPI results show a similar need, as the country’s renewable energy uptake and targets scored low and medium, respectively, for their compatibility with a well-below-2°C trajectory. Unlike China and its BASIC partner South Africa, India has yet to announce its long-term mitigation strategy. This strategy, experts’ advice, should include a post-COVID green recovery plan, including reducing fossil fuel subsidies, phasing out coal, better coordination frameworks between the central and state governments, and raising self-sufficiency by promoting domestic manufacturing in the renewables sector. On India’s engagement in international climate diplomacy, some experts indicated the country’s reluctance to update its NDC, owing to fears of a lack of reciprocity from developed countries.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors for this year’s CCPI: NS Prasad (Individual), Aishwarya Raj (TERI), Ajita Tiwari (LAYA-INECC), Neha Pahuja & Makhala Sastry (TERI), D. Raghundandan (All-Indias People Science Network), Aviral Yadav (WWF), Sanjay Vashist (CAN South Asia).