India to add 9th mission to climate change action plan



India to add 9th mission to climate change action plan New Delhi: India is set to expand its domestic action plan to limit the growth of greenhouse gases by adding clean carbon initiatives to its eight-pronged response to tackle climate change.

"We will soon add a ninth mission -- clean coal or clean carbon initiatives -- to our National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) that was launched in 2008," Principal Scientific Adviser R Chidambaram said here.

He said the driving force behind the mission would be to reduced carbon emissions per every megawatt power generated in the country.

Initiatives to develop next generation coal-fired power plants using advanced super-critical boilers and integrated gasification combined cycle technologies would be part of the mission.

The NAPCC, launched as part of India's domestic action in limiting growth of climate changing greenhouse gases, has eight missions - on solar power, energy efficiency, water, sustainable habitat, Himalayas, afforestation, agriculture and strategic knowledge.

Chidambaram said nuclear power was an inevitable option to meet the energy needs of the country and the world. He said India has already embarked on enhancing safety measures at its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima accident.

The focus is on improving post-shutdown cooling systems at nuclear plants, said Chidambaram, who was also the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

PTI