To meet the target of 20-25 per cent reduction in emission intensity for a unit of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2020, the government has decided to adopt low carbon growth pathway from the financial year 2010-11.
An expert group headed by former Planning Commission member Kirit Parikh will recommend the profile of cleaner technologies for the government to adopt in a bid to achieve the emission intensity target — listed in the Copenhagan accord — in the next 40 days.
“The commission will announce constitution of the expert group on Tuesday,” Environment & Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh told HT. Nitin Desai, former under-secretary to the UN and member of the PM’s Council on Climate Change, will also be member of the group.
Ramesh and plan panel’s deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia had a detailed meeting on the low carbon growth strategy on Saturday. “A decision has been taken to initiate low carbon growth parameters from the next financial year,” the minister said.
The commission in the mid-term appraisal of the 11th Five-Year Plan, which ends in 2012, found that India had reduced its emission intensity by 17.2 per cent between 1990 and 2005. Based on this, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the 20-25 emissions intensity reduction target by 2020 at the Copenhagen summit in December 2009.
The government is looking at several clean coal technologies for introduction in energy sector to meet the target. “The expert group would recommend the technologies which India can adopt in the coming few years to improve efficiency of coal fired power plants,” a senior commission official said.