Archive for July, 2008

India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change Released

Our vision is to make India’s economic development energy-efficient. Over a period of time, we must pioneer a graduated shift from economic activity based on fossil fuels to one based on non-fossil fuels and from reliance on non-renewable and depleting sources of energy to renewable sources of energy. In this strategy, the sun occupies a center stage, as it should, being literally the original source of all energy. We will pool our scientific, technical and managerial talent, with sufficient financial resources, to develop solar energy as a source of abundant energy to power our economy and to transform the lives of our people. Our success in this endeavour will change the face of India.

On 30 June 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change, which was prepared under the guidance of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.

The Plan focuses attention on 8 priority “national missions”:

1.  Solar Energy
2.  Enhanced Energy Efficiency
3.  Sustainable Habitat
4.  Conserving Water
5.  Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem
6.  A “Green India”
7.  Sustainable agriculture
8.  Strategic Knowledge Platform for Climate Change

Ministries have been directed to submit detailed implementation plans by December 2008 to the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.

The full text of the Prime Minister’s speech on the occasion of the release can be found here.