India to release low carbon report on May 9

The report will highlight the policies needed for a low carbon growth.

Updated: May 07, 2011, 18:46 PM IST

New Delhi: India will Monday release an interim report on how India can grow with less carbon emissions, officials said Saturday.

The report `Low carbon strategies for inclusive growth`, prepared by the Expert Group set up by the Planning Commission under the leadership of Kirit Parikh, will highlight the policies needed for a low carbon growth.

The report will be presented to Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Monday.

The report looks at four broad areas -- increasing efficiency of thermal energy; changing supply mix of electricity with renewable, nuclear and hydel; suggesting alternate energy options available in industries like steel and cement, and transport sector.

This 25-member group was constituted in January 2010 to conform to the country`s commitment to transform into a "low carbon" economy. India had announced voluntary targets to reduce the emissions intensity of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 20-25 percent to the level of 2005.

The recommendations made by the group are to be included in the 12th five-year plan (2012-17).

Nitin Desai, former under secretary-general of Economic and Social Affairs at United Nations; Ajay Mathur, Bureau of Energy Efficiency; Jamshed Irani of Tata Sons and Pawan Goenka of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) are among the other members of the group.