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Energy sector accounts for 58% of greenhouse gas emissions: Govt


 Times of India, 22nd Dec, 2015


NEW DELHI: The government on Monday informed Parliament that the energy sector in the country was the biggest emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


The energy sector contributed 58% of the overall emissions in India whereas the share of industry amounted to 22%, followed by 17% from the agriculture sector.


The figures were shared in Rajya Sabha by environment minister Prakash Javadekar in response to a question


In his written response, Javadekar said, "As per a report 'India: Greenhouse Gas Inventory-2007', the net GHG emissions from India in 2007 with Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) were 1727.71 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.



"Out of which, CO2 emissions were 1221.76 million tonnes, methane emissions were 20.56 million tonnes and nitrous oxide emissions were 0.24 million tonnes."


Listing to the measures being taken by the government to transform Indian agriculture into a climate resilient production system, the minister said, "The government had launched 'National Action Plan on Climate Change' on June 30, 2008, which has operationalized eight 'national missions' in specific areas of climate change."


The National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) is one of the eight missions that seek to transform Indian agriculture into a climate resilient production system through suitable adaptation and mitigation measures in domains of both crops and animal husbandry.


The minister said, "The NMSA identifies 10 key dimensions namely seed and culture, water, pest, nutrient, farming practices, credit, insurance, market, information and livelihood diversification for promoting suitable agricultural practices that covers both adaption and mitigation measures through four functional areas, namely, research and development, technologies, products and practices, infrastructure and capacity building."