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