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India Climate Change and Energy News - Week of September 6, 2010 to September 13, 2010

Shravya Reddy

Posted September 17, 2010

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Climate Change

Nations Rethink Copenhagen Commitment on Climate Funding 

The informal climate change ministerial talks in Geneva hosted by the Swiss government to overcome the hurdle of tong-term financing of mitigation and adaption measures and its regulation on climate change evoked mixed responses from the players and NGOs…. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh told FE, ‘We certainly hope that this meeting will go a long way in reducing trust deficit between countries. But, I doubt whether the Copenhagen logjam is broken. The single most important trigger for success at Cancun is the funding.’”

(Financial Express, 9/7/10)

PM Edits Out All Doubts

“In the ‘environment versus development’ debate, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opted to take the middle path. Addressing environmental concerns was important but it cannot be at the cost of perpetuating poverty, he said…. Mr Singh said that he has invited environment minister Jairam Ramesh, coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, roads minister Kamal Nath to ‘sit together to find ways of addressing environmental concerns’…. Mr Ramesh has crossed swords with these two ministers and others over his insistence on the adherence to environment laws and norms. The environment minister’s detractors have painted him as ‘obstructionist’ and ‘anti-development’. Mr Ramesh has been portrayed as putting environment concerns ahead of development project. A move that has been argued as stifling India’s growth potential.”

(The Economic Times, 9/7/10)


India May Need $10 Billion to Install 10 Gigawatts of Solar Thermal Power

“India may need as much as $10 billion in investments to install 10 gigawatts of solar thermal power over the next 12 years, the head of an industry group said…. ‘Raising funds will be a challenge,’ Anil Kumar Lakhina, chairman of the Forum for the Advancement of Solar Thermal, said at a conference in New Delhi today.”

(Bloomberg, 9/6/10)

Aparna Doshi Named Co-chair of US-India Business Council Solar Task Force

Aparna Doshi, chief operating officer of Astonfield Renewable Resources, has been named Co-chair of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) Solar Power Task Force, a major new initiative to promote US-India trade and investment in the burgeoning solar power sector…. The establishment of the task force is an important milestone in US-India collaboration and comes at a very opportune time, just prior to the upcoming November visit of US President, Barack Obama, to India.”

(The Economic Times, 9/13/10)

India Mulls 11-Billion-Dollar for Power Generation

“Energy-hungry India is considering setting up an 11-billion-dollar fund to help finance the expansion of power companies' generation capacities, the country's power secretary said Thursday…. India has set ambitious goals for expanding its installed generation capacity, which currently stands at about 164 gigawatts, to combat frequent power cuts in cities and provide millions of rural households with electricity. However, funding for power generation expansion remains a challenge…. ‘There are thoughts of setting up a debt fund. It's at a planning stage,’ India's power secretary P. Uma Shankar told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event in New Delhi.”

(AFP, 9/9/10)

India-US Space-Based Solar Power Programme Urged

“India and the US should explore the feasibility of a space-based solar power (SBSP) programme with the ultimate aim of putting in place a commercially viable system by 2025, a report by a defence ministry funded think tank says…. Noting that SBSP can be 'the next major step in the Indo-US strategic partnership', the 174-page report says the launch of such a potentially revolutionary programme can begin with a joint statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barak Obama during the latter's visit to New Delhi in November…. Besides helping to 'solve the linked problems of energy security, development and climate change', the SBSP will provide an opportunity for India to use its successful space programme while shaping a future peaceful space regime, Garretson said.”

(Sify, 9/9/10)

Environmental Compliance and Governance

Govt in Dark on its Own Proposal

“The Environment Ministry has proposed that the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) implement all environment laws by subsuming existing bodies, but it does not have records of how the proposal was conceptualised. Ministry officials admitted to the Central Information Commission that "the evolution of the process of formulation of NEPA was inaccessible and untraceable" and explained that day-to-day meetings between superior and subordinate were unminuted…. Information Commissioner Annupurna Dixit pulled up the ministry for taking important policy decisions at 'informal' meetings and expressed displeasure that the meetings remained unminuted, considering that their outcome was instrumental in the process of development of NEPA

(Hindustan Times, 9/11/10)


(Prepared by Andy Gupta, Program Assistant)

Note: The linked articles and excerpts in this post are provided for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the India Initiative or of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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