How a renewable energy COVID-19 recovery creates opportunities for India

India’ climate vulnerability is very high and as a developing country India needs international support to reduce its emissions to the level needed by the Paris Agreement. Within this framework, however, there is a level of action that is consistent with India’s own fair share contribution to the Paris Agreement, and that, if taken, would establish a major benchmark for India to demand an appropriate level of international finance and resources to bring its coal power sector to levels consistent with the Paris Agreement. This study shows that India can reduce coal use by scaling up renewable energy by 2030 and that would have the effect of reducing its national emissions to its fair share level in 2030, but getting further to the lower levels implied by the Paris Agreement needs to be fully supported by the international community through climate finance and other means of support.