A new report has ranked Karnataka and Gujarat as the best performing Indian states in the country’s transition to clean energy.
The report, released on Wednesday by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), assessed the performance of Indian states in four key areas: renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate policy, and clean cooking. The report found that Karnataka and Gujarat scored the highest overall, thanks to their strong policies and investments in clean energy.
Karnataka was praised for its ambitious target of achieving 24 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2025, as well as its efforts to promote rooftop solar, energy-efficient buildings, and electric vehicles. The state has also introduced a range of policies to support the adoption of clean cooking technologies, such as LPG and biogas.
Gujarat, meanwhile, was commended for its success in attracting private investment in renewable energy projects, as well as its strong policies to support energy efficiency and clean cooking. The state has also implemented a number of innovative initiatives, such as the Solar Power Policy, which provides incentives for rooftop solar installations, and the Sujalam Sufalam Water Conservation Scheme, which promotes the use of solar pumps for irrigation.
The report also highlighted the need for Indian states to accelerate their efforts to transition to clean energy, in order to meet the country’s target of achieving 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022. It called for increased investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean cooking, as well as stronger policies to support these efforts.
Overall, the report’s findings suggest that Karnataka and Gujarat are leading the way in India’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and serve as models for other states to follow. By continuing to invest in clean energy and adopt strong policies to support its growth, these states can help India achieve its ambitious climate and sustainability goals.