Investments Needed for Uplift of Marginalised, Indian Express, 21st November

Investments Needed for Uplift of Marginalised

By Express News Service

21st November 2015

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KOCHI: “If the government fails to ensure quality life for the marginalised sections of society, the country will land in trouble in the long run,” Ajay Mathur, Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, which comes under the Union Ministry of Power, said.

According to him, in order to pre-empt such a situation, investments are needed in various sectors.

“Climate change has turned out to be a big challenge for the country. It has been found that about two-third of the population will be directly affected by it because many people have chosen agriculture, fishing and allied activities for their livelihood. The impact of climate change on them is a matter of concern. In order to minimise the adverse effects, the government should come out with welfare schemes,” Ajay said while delivering the inaugural address at the international conference on ‘Climate Change Paradigms’ here on Friday. The event was organised by the Centre for Public Policy Research.

Ajay, also designated Director General of the Energy and Resource Institute, stressed the need for finding energy sources which are globally responsible and locally buyable.

“I think whenever it comes to energy, especially that of renewable ones, the costs are high in the production stage. So, a global agreement is needed which will ensure supply of adequate energy to those who are in need at affordable rates. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris, will look into these aspects. At the meet, India’s priority will be to persuade the countries to arrive at an agreement where the poorest will be the least affected,” Ajay added.

Andie De Arment, Cultural Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, who attended the conference, lauded the Cochin International  Airport Limited for coming out with an initiative in which the daily power needs of the airport are met by solar energy.

“More than that, they are contributing the excess power to the grid. This is a novel concept that could set a precedent. As far as the greenhouse gas emission is concerned, the US is committed to reduce it. In order to propagate clean energy initiatives, the US will provide financial aid to countries like India,” Andie said.


India looking at ‘just pact’ in Paris Climate talks: Ajay Mathur

Nov 20, 2015

KOCHI: With nations set to gather in Paris at the end of this month for the latest round of climate talks, a key Indian climate policymaker today said the country was looking at an agreement “that is just and durable” at the meeting to tackle global warming.

Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency Ajay Mathur, who is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, said India will continue to “proactively push” two fundamental response strategies –adaptation and mitigation–to address climate change at the Paris conference.

“As we go to Paris, we are first of all looking at an agreement that is just and that is durable. It has to be an agreement that you, I, the US, Japan, island states, all of them having ownership of,” Mathur said while inaugurating a conference on ‘Climate Change Paradigms’ organised by Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) here.

Referring to India’s ambitious pledge to quadruple its renewable energy capacity to 175 giga watt by 2022 and cut fossil fuel subsidies, he said, if countries ask India to embrace more renewable energy initiatives, it would require “greater degree of financial support and efficient storage technology” from the mechanism to be evolved in Paris.

“…Enhanced ambition, accelerated action would be possible only with additional resources, additional technology access being available. That is what we are looking for in Paris,” he said.

Citing the backing out of countries like Australia, Canada and Japan from the Kyoto Protocol, Mathur said, “Is there a point in an agreement in which people can walk out when they find that it is not meeting their goals? Clearly not.”

He said Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) approach is an “attractive approach because, we are saying this is what we will achieve.”

“And as we will deliver on what we have promised, it builds up our confidence that we can deliver. And it builds up confidence of all our partners, their trust that we will deliver,” he said.

India has submitted its “comprehensive and balanced” INDCs on reducing emissions to the UNFCCC.

Mathur’s statement comes at a time when French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is visiting India to discuss the launch of an international solar alliance proposed by New Delhi, apart from holding deliberations on the preparations ahead of the Paris climate summit.

France has said that an “effective and equitable” international agreement at the COP21 to the United NationsFramework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius and for supporting adaptation to climate change impacts.

The CoP 21 is scheduled to take place in Paris from November 30 to December 11.


France backs India’s solar alliance to fight climate change

Down to Earth

Friday 20 November 2015

‘To embrace more renewable energy initiatives, India will need greater financial and technology support ‘

 Days before Conference of Parties (COP21) is set to begin in Paris, Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Prakash Javadekar has announced India’s plans to launch an International Solar Alliance with French president Francoise Hollande and other world leaders. While the details of the proposed alliance that will be formalised on November 30 are yet to be spelled out, the visiting French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has extended the support to the alliance.
Javadekar stated that under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is planning to achieve 175 GW target from renewable sources of energy by 2020. “India is playing a positive role in the climate talks and we will be launching the International Solar Alliance along with the French president and other global leaders attending the meeting on November 30,” he added.The minister said that the government hopes for climate justice to the poor and developing countries who are at the receiving end on the harmful impact of climate change.  “Paris must deliver climate justice for poor and developing nations of the world. Some countries are consuming resources which will require five earth sized planets. However, we just have one earth. There is need to make changes in lifestyle to stop the impacts of climate change,” he added.Visiting foreign minister Fabius, in a joint press conference with Javadekar, said that India’s plan to set up an International Solar Alliance will be an important contribution to access of low carbon energy. “I would like to emphasise that we support particularly India’s plan to set up International Solar Alliance that will be an important contribution to ensuring access of low carbon energy and Prime Minister Modi will launch this initiative together,” Fabius said while addressing the press conference. “India for many reasons is a key player and a close friend. It is important that we could understand India’s approach to the summit. The presidency should be impartial and help to find solutions. But the solutions cannot be found without the consensus of country like India,” added the visiting minister.

The French foreign minister is accompanied by Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations and Special Representative for COP21, Laurence Tubiana.

In a separate video conference, Javadekar added that in order to counter polluting industries, 2,000 pollution monitoring devices will be installed to keep a check on critically polluted industries. “Out of these, 1,600 devices have already been mandated,” said Javadekar. He further added that India will enter the year 2016 with revamped waste management rules which will be integrated in the ambitious Swatch Bharat Abhiyan. “We have revamped these rules and received several comments from various stakeholders when we put out a draft. Based on these comments and suggestions, we are going to have new rules related to solid waste management, hazardous waste management, municipal waste management rules among others,” he added.

In a separate conference organised in Kochi, Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency Ajay Mathur, a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, said India will continue to “proactively push” two fundamental response strategies—adaptation and mitigation—to address climate change at the Paris conference.

“We are looking at an agreement that is just and that is durable. It has to be an agreement that you, I, the US, Japan, island states, all of them have ownership of,” Mathur said while inaugurating a conference on ‘Climate Change Paradigms’ organised by Centre for Public Policy Research ( CPPR) in Kochi.

Referring to India’s ambitious plan to ramp up its renewable energy capacity to 175 GW by 2022 and cut fossil fuel subsidies, he said, if countries ask India to embrace more renewable energy initiatives, it would require “greater degree of financial support and efficient storage technology” from the mechanism to be evolved in Paris.

Starting from November 30, India is likely to play a major role in the talks. Among the country commitments, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs, which indicate through their form and strength what shape any 2015 agreement during COP might take, India plans to put forward and further propagate a healthy and sustainable way of living based on traditions and values of conservation and moderation.

The other INDCs include adopting a climate friendly and a cleaner path than the one followed hitherto by others at corresponding level of economic development; reducing the emissions intensity of its Gross Domestic Product by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 level; achieving about 40 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030 with the help of transfer of technology and low cost international finance including from Green Climate Fund; creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030; better adaptation to climate change by enhancing investments in development programmes in sectors vulnerable to climate change, particularly agriculture, water resources, Himalayan region, coastal regions, health and disaster management; mobilising domestic and, new and additional funds from developed countries to implement the above mitigation and adaptation actions in view of the resource required and the resource gap; and to build capacities, create domestic framework and international architecture for quick diffusion of cutting edge climate technology in India and for joint research and development for such future technologies.

Expert bats for greener modes of transport

The Hindu

KOCHI, November 21, 2015

Electric buses should be promoted as modes of public transport vehicles, suggested Ajay Mathur, the Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency.

Speaking at an international Conference on ‘Climate Change Paradigms,’ organised by the Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi, in association with the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, Mr. Mathur said the Central government was for promoting electric two-wheelers and buses, which have a deep impact in countering climate change. Bus Rapid Transport with electric buses could be one possible area of development. Large solar panels could be set up at bus stations to generate power, he said.

The two-day conference is being held as a precursor to the 2015 United Nations Framework on Climate Change summit which will be held in Paris, France.

In her address, Andie De Arment, the Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, said the climate change was the biggest challenge of the century.

Though there is a global perspective for climate change, their impacts are felt at personal levels. The heavy flooding that Chennai witnessed last week and the untimely rain are some of its impacts felt at personal level. Air pollution has become visible, she said.

The conference covers ‘climate change as a strategic threat to countries in the Asia Pacific region, exploring partnerships for intended national contributions, innovative technologies and financing for climate change response initiatives.’ It will also focus on India’s position on global climate change initiatives, according to the organisers.

An e-book brought out by the Centre was released at the function. Former Kerala Police chief Hormis Tharakan released the book.

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