Govt working on climate blueprint

The govt has started working on a blueprint detailing emission cut targets.

Updated: Jan 25, 2010, 18:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Having agreed to accede to the
January 31 UN deadline, the govt has started working on
a blueprint detailing emission cut targets and climate steps
to be submitted under the Copenhagen Accord.

The BASIC bloc comprising India, China, South Africa and
Brazil had yesterday agreed to stick to the deadline to submit
the voluntary mitigation actions including carbon emission
cuts -- which would eventually lead to reduction in greenhouse
gas emissions -- to the UNFCCC.

"We have started work on the details we intend to
communicate to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC)," a senior official handling the climate change
division in the Environment Ministry said.

Senior environment officials under the chairmanship of
Joint Secretary (Climate) J M Mausker held a meeting today to
discuss the strategy, a day after India announced its
intention to abide by January 31 deadline.

The official said India`s submission will be same as its
official announcement at Copenhagen meet last year of bringing
down its carbon intensity -- amount of carbon emitted by per
unit of GDP -- by 20-25 per cent by 2020 on 2005 levels.

"Moreover, we have already initiated a series of
voluntary climate mitigation measures such as setting up a
group headed by economist Kirit Parikh for preparing as well
analysing the cost of low-carbon growth economy," the official

The group will focus on the high carbon emitting sectors
like cement manufacturing, power generation, transport, steel
and building construction. An interim roadmap will be in place
by April this year and the final plan in September.

"However, in the submission we will not include details
of the sectoral emission cuts but just a broad idea on the
steps to be taken for climate mitigation and adaptation," the
environment ministry official said.

The country will also specify its steps of framing a
National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) envisaging
eight missions to tackle global warming and setting up Indian
Network on Climate Change Assessment (INCCA), a network of
scientists to publish peer-reviewed findings on climate change
in India under the Accord.

As per Copenhagen Accord, rich countries are supposed to
submit by January 31 their targets for cuts in emissions by
2020 and developing nations should outline actions for slowing
the emission increase to help prevent global warming.

Even as the UN has expressed readiness to be flexible
with the developed nations on the deadline date, the BASIC
countries have made clear that they will stick to what they
had committed under the Accord.

Besides Brazil, China, South Africa and India, South
Korea, Ghana, Australia, France, Canada, Papua New Guinea and
the Maldives have indicated their commitment to the accord
while Cuba has said it will not take part.