This entry was originally made on Orange Hues blog on 1 July 2008.
The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has just unveiled the long-awaited National Action Plan on Climate Change. I’ve split the first 5 sections from the long document that summarise the policy and put it up on my server. You can download it here [10 pages, 2 MB].
The five sections contain: Overview, Principles, Approach, Way Forward: Eight National Missions and Implementation of Missions: Institutional Arrangements.
The complete policy including section #6: Technical Document, which is over 40 page long, is available on PMO website (a large 16 MB PDF with 52 pages).
I haven’t studied it yet but my first impression is that although the initiatives listed are welcome, but…
- without any firm commitment towards a target of emission reductions,
- without setting up any time-frame to achieve those reductions and
- without a commitment to phase out new energy generation from fossil fuels and their subsidies…
it is unlikely to make a significant short term or long-term impact into India’s fast growing carbon emissions.
A longer, more detailed analysis including an official response from my organisation (CSM) will follow in coming days.
UPDATE 3-Jul: ‘Climate Challenge India’ coalition formed by CSM just released an interim assessment (PDF). I had the privilege to be one of the contributors to this report.