India needs to renew its pledge to renewable energy as thermal energy cannot take the country far due to environmental constraints, Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar said.
Delivering the keynote address on ‘Solar Energy: The Agent of Change’, Kumar said the energy needs of India are enormous, and the country needs all the energy that it can produce including clean and green energy.
“We need to renew our own pledge to renewable energy…Carbon is a real budget constraint. We have to take the carbon footprint in account whatever we do,” he said.
Kumar said on India the pressure will be enormous not to undertake open coal mining as primary source of energy.