India’s Panchamrita concoction- Highlights

On the first day of the global climate meet (COP26) in Glasgow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed a five-fold strategy for India to play its role in helping the world to get closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Key Facts

  • Prime minister Modi termed his scheme as ‘Panchamrita’, which means ‘five ambrosia’.
  • Traditionally, ‘Panchamrita’ is a method of mixing five natural foods namely, milk, curd, ghee, honey and jaggery.
  • Panchmrita is used as a technique in Ayurveda. It is also used in Hindu and Jain worship rituals.

Modi’s Panchamrita

Prime Minister proposed following ‘Panchamrita’:

  • India will increase its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 gigawatts by 2030.
  • India will meet 50 per cent of its energy requirements, with renewable energy, till 2030.
  • India will reduce carbon emission by one billion tonnes by 2030.
  • India will reduce its carbon intensity by 45 per cent by 2030.
  • India will achieve net zero emissions by 2070.

Where does India stand?

India accounts for 17 per cent of the world’s population. However, it only contributes five per cent of emissions. In terms of renewable energy capacity, India stands at fourth position.

About COP26

COP 26 or 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. It started on October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland and will conclude on November 12, 2021. It is being held under the presidency of Alok Sharma. It is the third meeting of the parties of Paris Agreement. During the conference, parties are expected to commit to enhanced ambition since COP21. Parties are required to carry out ratchet mechanism every five years, in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

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