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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

First India-China study on climate to be released

Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times  Beijing, March 17, 2014
First Published: 00:26 IST(17/3/2014) | Last Updated: 02:20 IST(17/3/2014)

Its impact is likely to come later but the prelaunch report on the first collaborative India-China study on climate change to be released in Beijing on Monday will generate interest among policy makers and climate watchers.

The title “Low Carbon Development in China and India — Issues and Strategies’’ is the result of a first-time collaboration between key research institutes in China and India working on issues related to climate change.

“The study examines the main factors in low carbon development – financing, low carbon technologies and on-the-ground implementation – and will encourage greater cooperation between the world’s two largest countries,” said an UNDP official who responded to HT’s questions by email.

China and India are both trying to fight global warming; the low carbon study illustrates some of these efforts and at the same time illustrates some of the current challenges facing both countries, the official added.

The study will help both China and India to share experiences, promote knowledge exchange. At the recently concluded annual session of the National People’s Congress, Premier Li Keqiang, talked about launching a war on pollution in China where coal accounts for a massive share of energy generation.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will address the function at the prelaunch of the study.

From India, the key institute involved in the study was The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

The Climate Change Department of China’s top planning body, the National Development and Research Commission (NDRC) coordinated several Chinese institutions like the National Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation Centre (NCCSIC) and the Zhejiang University.

The UNDP said last week said that Monday’s publication will reflect the current status, challenges, pathways and opportunities of collaboration between the two countries.


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