~ By Charmaine Mirza
Even as Beijing’s citizens are making “lung cleansing” trips to Antarctica and Iceland to break free of a fossil-fuel smog encased China, the Chinese government is already taking action to make its citizens breathe easier. Perhaps Delhi needs to sit up and take notice before it has to declare more “state of emergency due to pollution” scenarios, like we witnessed in 2016.
India is a country with enormous elemental abundance, which can easily be harnessed to create clean, efficient, economical energy.
So where do we stand versus China in this matter?
- In China installed wind capacity has crossed 129 GW in India installed wind capacity is approximately 23.4 GW
- Installed solar capacity is over 43 GW in China; in India installed solar capacity is just about 5 GW
- China is aiming for 150 GW of solar and 200 GW of wind by 2020; India’s target for 2022 is 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind.
The National Energy Administration is planning a massive investment in renewable energy that are cleaner, greener, and more efficient – and has committed a stupendous investment of 2.5 trillion yuan to make China’s free of its dependency on fossil fuels by 2020. India is not all that far behind as one of the top ten investors in renewable sources of energy worldwide, but it have an uphill task ahead of her.