India Wants Upscaling of Ambition in Kyoto Protocol Period

Jul 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Government Policies, Green House Gas Emissions, India

Press Trust of India: India today emphasised the need for immediate upscaling of ambition in the Kyoto Protocol second Commitment period and its early ratification by all Kyoto Protocol Parties.

It is the urgent need of the hour, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said during his meeting with UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey here.

During the meeting, both the parties discussed on various aspects of climate change including Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other issues related with the Kyoto Protocol, an Environment Ministry release said.

“Javadekar emphasised that immediate upscaling of ambition in the Kyoto Protocol second Commitment period and its early ratification by all Kyoto Protocol Parties is the urgent need of the hour,” it said.

The Minister also mentioned that technology mechanism must be fully operationalised and suggested that funds from the GCF can be used to purchase Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) of climate friendly technologies and provide to developing countries free of cost.

The scientific data should be shared through appropriate technologies in order to provide the intended benefits to the stakeholders concerned, he said.

Both the parties discussed various aspects of climate change including INDCs, GCF and other issues related with the Kyoto Protocol, it said.

Javadekar said India would continue to play a proactive role on the issue of climate change and has already announced a voluntary 2020 mitigation goal of reducing emissions intensity of its GDP by 20-25 per cent over 2005 levels by 2020.

The release said Javadekar appraised the visiting Secretary of State on initiatives such as allocation of Rs 500 crore for setting-up of Ultra Mega Solar Projects in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Ladakh to promote the renewable energy and allocation of Rs 100 crore for the “National Adaptation Fund” for climate change.

He also mentioned about allocation of Rs 500 crore for strengthening of transmission and distribution infrastructure in rural areas under the ‘Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna’ and other initiatives, the release said.

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