Thursday, March 30, 2006
GHGs in India
India is also the home to more than 250 million people living on less than US$1 per day and about 550 million people without access to electricity. India occupies 2.4% of the world’s geographical area, supports nearly 17% of its population, and emits less than 5% (4.4% in 1998) of GHG emissions (Table 3.1). GHG emissions per capita in India are thus very low (a fifth of the world average), around 1.3 tons CO2 equivalent as against 20-30 tons in developed countries. Despite such low per capita emissions, India ranks fifth in total emissions after the USA, China, Russia and Japan.