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Apex panel established to monitor India’s climate change targets, 13 ministries involved | India News


NEW DELHI: A month before the Paris Agreement on Climate Change goes into effect, India has established a main committee, made up of members from its 13 key ministries, to coordinate actions to achieve its goals under the global agreement. The agreement will officially enter into force as of January 1, 2021.
The lead body will also function as a national authority to regulate carbon markets in India under the Paris Agreement in the period after 2020. Its functions will include issuing guidelines for carbon pricing and market mechanisms to offset the carbon footprint of the emitters.
A bulletin notification, issued by the Ministry of the Environment on November 27, includes up to 16 functions for this body which will have the power to issue instructions under Section 5 of the Environmental (Protection) Act of 1986 at industries or any entity for the fulfillment of practices in tune with the objectives of India.
Headed by Environment Secretary RP Gupta, the 17-member Committee will define the responsibilities of concerned ministries to meet India’s “ Nationally Determined Contribution ” (NDC) commitments and receive updates periodic information to monitor, review and revise climate objectives to comply with the requirements of the Paris Agreement.
The Committee, consisting of India’s key climate negotiator and additional secretary of the Ministry of the Environment Ravi Shankar Prasad as Vice Chair, will also develop programs and policies, if necessary, for India’s national climate actions to meet their obligations. international
The Paris Agreement, approved by 195 countries in 2015, aims to minimize the threat of climate change by keeping this century’s average global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and making efforts to limit the temperature rise even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
As part of its contribution to collective global efforts, India has three quantitative targets, such as reducing the intensity of GDP emissions by 33-35% by 2030 from the 2005 level; achieve approximately 40% of the accumulated installed electrical energy capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030; and creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.
Ministries whose representatives have ceded as ex-officio members to the Committee include environment, finance, external affairs, agriculture, water resources (Jal Shakti), energy, new and renewable energy, earth science, health, rural development, trade and industry. , science and technology and urban affairs. Furthermore, a senior official from Niti Aayog is also one of the members.
Referring to the need to have an Apex Committee for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (AIPA), the ministry said its purpose would be to ensure a “coordinated response on climate change issues that protects the interests of the country and ensures that India is in on track to meet its climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement, including the submitted NDCs ”.
AIPA must submit a report on its activity at least once every six months to the central government.

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