India’s Biggest Spenders Cause 7 Times More Emissions Than The Poor

Bloomberg Quint | Jan 19, 2021 at 2:24 PM
  • The top 20% of high-expenditure households in India are responsible for seven times the emissions traceable to the poor who spend less than $1.9 (Rs 140 at the current conversion rate) a day.
  • Food and electricity are the two areas of spending that account for most emissions in India across socio-economic groups, as per the study that combines household expenditure data from the 2013 survey of the National Sample Survey Organisation with data on the global supply chain.
  • The findings on India are in line with the earlier conclusions of global research–between 1990 and 2015, the richest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for more than twice the carbon pollution than the 3.1 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity.