Early shift to renewables needed to save climate: IRENA

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Countries across the world will have to focus on accelerated deployment of renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures to achieve reduction in carbon emissions critical to keeping global temperature rise to no more than two degree Celsius and avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change, according to new findings released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Released at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD2017) held on March 20 and 21, the findings are significant for India as the country races to meet its target of 175 GW of power from renewables by 2020. IRENA estimates that global carbon emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased out by 2060. The report also emphasises the importance of considering the needs of those without energy access.

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