India to see largest energy demand surge in 20 years: IEA

India to see largest energy demand surge in 20 years: IEA

According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), India is set to witness the largest increase in energy demand globally, over the next 20 years. India is the world’s third largest consumer of energy.

“India Energy Outlook 2021”, a special report in the IEA's World Energy Outlook, examines the challenges and opportunities faced by the country as it seeks to recover from the Covid-19 crisis.

The combination of an expanding and industrialising economy and a growing and an increasingly urban population will drive energy use higher, the report says, raising the question of how best to meet that swelling demand without exacerbating issues such as costly energy imports, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

India's current policy settings suggest that nearly 60% of its carbon dioxide emissions in the late 2030s is likely to come from machines and infrastructure that do not exist today. This signifies a huge opening for policies to drive India onto a more secure and sustainable course.

Image:  India’s policies may see future CO2 emissions from machines that don’t even exist today.

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