MoEF’s National REDD+ Draft Policy

The REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries) mechanism originally aimed at creating some sort of financial incentive for forest carbon stocks which were left outside the purview of the negotiations that adopted UNFCCC and brought into picture the Kyoto Protocol. REDD+ takes it further and (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries)1 The formal UN REDD website40

GHG emission

Scientist Discover a New Method to curb greenhouse gases

Scientists discovered a new method to convert harmful Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) into chemicals which can produce synthetic fuels on 2 February 2014. A team of researchers at the University of Delaware has developed a highly selective catalyst capable of electrochemically converting carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) to carbon monoxide with 92 percent efficiency. The carbon monoxide then can be used to develop useful chemicals. It was found that when a nano-porous silver electrocatalyst was used, it was 3000 times more40

Vehicular emissions

European Union Parliament approves CO2 emission restrictions for commercial vans

The Parliament of Europe approved new carbon dioxide restrictions for commercial vans on 14 January 2014. The move is expected to bring down emissions by 28 percent from 2020. Under the new rules, all new light commercial vehicles sold across the European Union (EU) will emit a maximum 147 g of carbon dioxide per kilometer instead of 203 g as per the level set in 2007. The legislation can be reviewed in 2015. As per the Climate Commissioner of Europe40

GHG emission

New greenhouse gas with highest global warming impact discovered

A new discovery by scientists has revealed a new greenhouse gas that appears to have the highest global-warming impact. Perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) – discovered by Toronto’s Department of Chemistry research team concluded that the compound is most effective in potential to harm the climate, in a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is used as the baseline for comparison of global warming potential as it is the most common and significant of all anthropogenic emissions of40

GHG emission

India refuses to phase out refrigerant gases

India has resisted efforts to bring HFC’s under the Montreal Protocol. The government wants HFC’s to be treated separately under the framework of UNFCCC and not under the Montreal Protocol Hindu reported. At the meetings in Bangkok recently, efforts were moved to bring HFC’s under the Montreal Protocol, a move resisted by India. There are six Green House Gases (GHGs) covered presently by the protocol and each has a different potential of trapping heat from the atmosphere. The concept of40

Power Grid in India

How to calculate GHG emission for electricity consumption from the grid?

A large portion of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) from most companies comprise of consumption of electricity from the grid. In India, around 65% of electricity is coming from coal and other fossil fuel based thermal power plants. Electricity generated from these power plants contributes in GHG emissions. Therefore, electricity being consumed from the grid also contributes in the GHG emissions.  GHG emission from the grid electricity consumption is categorized as energy indirect GHG emissions or scope 2 GHG emissions. Sourcing40

Holstein Friesian cow

Why should the dairy industry manage its carbon emissions?

Increasing Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions chiefly due to anthropogenic activities is what leads to climate change. The dairy industry also has a significant share in contributing towards GHG emissions right from the production of milk in farms to its final processing, storage and distribution. The global dairy sector contributes 2.7% to the total global anthropogenic GHG emissions. This figure includes emissions associated with milk production, processing and transportation of milk and milk products only. The average global emission from milk40

Parameters of Greenco rating system

Importance of GHG management in Greenco Certification

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) -Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre has developed the ‘Greenco rating’ system for evaluating the ‘greenness of companies’. The rating system is the “first of its kind in the world” to assess and analyze the environmental impact of a company’s activities or operations. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organization. The Greenco rating system has adopted performance based approach for the applying companies. The Greenco rating system covers both the Individual manufacturing &40