India - national policies and global commitments: renewable energy, equitable growth, and gender equality

India - national policies and global commitments: renewable energy, equitable growth, and gender equality The Indian government's submission to the G20 claims, in a wholesale manner, that its policies are in sync with the SDG 2030 Agenda. Given India's diversity and size, virtually all SDGs are highly relevant – on the country level and also in their global impact. This paper picks three areas which are of special relevance from a green political perspective: energy and climate policy; sustainable and inclusive economic growth; and gender equality. In climate policy, India undertakes great strides to increase energy supply by promoting renewables. It does so on a scale that until recently few people would have expected, and which even some among Indian climate policy negotiators would have regarded as inappropriate (from a «climate justice» perspective) for a relatively poor country such as India. Thus, India is playing a progressive role in international climate action, even though the country is still going to increase coal use and emissions for several decades.

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