Clean technologies and low carbon cities discussed in Delhi


The productive discussions at the workshop that took place on 18 April 2013, as part of the project “Integrating Urban Climate Guidelines through Clean Technologies (RE & EE) at the State and City Level to build sustainable low carbon cities”, initiated by ICLEI South Asia with the support of the British High Commission (BHC), provided great input to the finalization of the “State level urban low carbon policy notes” for Rajasthan & Tamil Nadu states. 


Mr Ajit Gupta, Former Advisor of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), as one of eminent member of the project advisory committee, informed the audience about the successful completion of relevant outputs such as a Report on Urban Low Carbon Growth-Financing Opportunities for Indian Cities, the India Community Protocol for Accounting Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, the MRV Framework and a set of guidelines for the states of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.


Mr Ankur Garg, Programme Manager of the British High Commission (BHC), highlighted how working with cities is crucial to achieve an impact on the ground and the development of these guidelines provides a solid contribution to the work of the BHC and to advancing low carbon development.


The need of knowledge exchange was underlined by Mr B.K Pandey, Director of State Planning Department from the Planning Commission, who confirmed that States in India are already doing good work on this issue, and such a project allows for the very much needed transfer of good practices from one to the other. 


The State perspective was offered by Mr. Ajay Yadav, Joint Commissioner of the Municipal Administration of Tamil Nadu, who commended ICLEI South Asia for having brought back the theme of low carbon into the administration, since often states and cities are too small and burdened with other seemingly more pressing issues, thus not giving enough priority to GHG emissions and their impacts. 


The issue of horizontal as well as vertical coordination was raised by Dr. Minal Pathak, Project Advisor and Assistant Professor of Faculty of Sustainable Environment and Climate Change (FOSECC), CEPT University, who defined the project a win-win situation, since it looks at integration between the different government levels, and at the same time fosters a concerted approach between states and municipal departments too. 


Another key topic that emerged during the discussion was the lack of knowledge, awareness and capacity-building at the local level. The establishment of Resource Centres, as identified in the Policy Recommendations developed by ICLEI South Asia, was suggested as one of the solutions to fill this gap. 


The draft of the policy documents and other project reports can be found online at http://urbanlowcarbonfinance.iclei.org/resources.html.


The input collected during the meeting will help finalize the Guidelines, expected to be ready by 30th April 2013.

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