Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions are a trailblazer at WTO: DG Okonjo-Iweala

4th December 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

"These Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions are a trailblazer at the WTO," DG Okonjo-Iweala said at a high-level event to take stock of progress. "You are searching for practical solutions and concrete actions to catalyse the trade and environment agenda. You are breaking down silos and cooperating across traditional structures and fields of expertise to find solutions to global problems."

Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions (TESSD) on 2nd December held a high-level event to take stock of progress made this year and to signal their priorities for further work ahead of the 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13). Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, opening the event, lauded the members for exploring new trade solutions to environmental issues and urged them to intensify efforts towards concrete actions.

According to a statement circulated, the Working Group on Trade-related Climate Measures will review different forms of carbon measurement standards and measures. The Working Group on Environmental Goods and Services will pursue an objective-based approach, with the first environmental objective being climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the first sectoral focus being on renewable energy.

The Working Group on Circular Economy – Circularity will undertake a mapping exercise to build a broader understanding of the aspects of trade and trade policy which are relevant to each part of the life cycle, and will also pursue sector-specific discussions starting with renewable energy and electronics. The Working Group on Subsidies, in its continuation of work on the environmental effects of subsidies, will begin discussions focusing on agricultural subsidies and subsidies related to the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Among other things, ISO's presentation was also highlighted. International carbon accounting standards, principles, requirements and guidelines for the quantification and reporting of the carbon footprint of a product Standards specify principles and requirements for GHG inventories for organizations, for projects aimed at GHG emission reductions, and the quantification of carbon footprint (CFP) of a product considering its entire lifecycle. Different product category rules reflect the need for product-specific approaches to quantify CFP, while a common approach is followed regarding verification and accreditation where a standard is verified by an accredited verification body.

Closing the stocktaking event, Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam lauded members' progress in putting sustainability and climate change as a core issue on the global trade agenda and noted some suggestions for further work and concrete actions.

Bettiah worst polluted, Delhi AQI remains Very Poor, Chittoor least polluted

Updated 4th December 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: Delhi AQI still hovers around 370. The air quality over Delhi, as reported by the Central Pollution Control Board at for the last 24 hours 4 PM on 3rd December 2022, remained in the Very Poor category. The AQI was 370. The predominant pollutants were PM2.5. IMD has stated that wind was predominantly calm during daytime and nighttime.

IMD has predicted that AQI in Delhi will remain in Very Poor category on 4th December 2022. It is also expected to be in the Very Poor category in subsequent 3 days.

Among the 180 cities monitored, Bettiah was worst polluted with AQI 427 due to PM2.5. Other two cities in Sever category AQI were - Begusarai 418 and Darbhanga 407. Chittoor city that lies on the banks of Neeva River at the southernmost part of Andhra Pradesh state registered the lowest AQI of 21.

Predominant surface wind expected in Delhi: Today From Northwest with wind speed 8 kmph

Tomorrow From Northwest direction with wind speed 6-8 kmph

6th Dec. From Northwest direction with wind speed 12-18 kmph

7th Dec. From Northwest direction with wind speed upto 18 kmph

Predicted maximum mixing depth over Delhi:

Today: 1150 m

Tomorrow: 1150 m

6th Dec. 2022: 1000 m

7th Dec. 2022: 900 m

Ventilation index expected over Delhi:

Today: 3000 m2/s

Tomorrow: 4300 m2/s

6th Dec. 2022: 6000 m2/s

7th Dec. 2022: 7000 m2/s

The ventilation index lower than 6000 m2/s with average wind speed less than 10 kmph is unfavorable for dispersion of pollutants.

Fire Counts observed in Punjab and Haryana:

No data shared

20th Nov. 2022: 368 and 32

19th Nov. 2022: 426 and 79

Bongaigaon Medical College project gets SEIAA approval

2nd December 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: The new medical college at Bongaigaon, proposed by the Director, Medical Education, Assam got SEIAA approval. The project covers a land area of 1,88,167 SQM and built-up area of 89,497 SQM. Neither the SEAC, nor the SEIAA documents share any project details as usually provided by the Centre and other States and UTs.

Earlier, in June 2021, Assam Finance Minister Ajanta Neog had stated in her budget speech regarding setting up of five new medical colleges in five districts of the state. It was then declared that five new medical colleges to be set up at Golaghat, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Bongaigaon and Tamulpur.

FICCI - IWA organizing Internationl Conference on Water Reclamation, Reuse from 15th Jan

2nd December 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has scheduled to host the 13th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse to be held from 15th – 19th January 2023. The central theme of the conference is “Water Reuse: Overcoming the Challenges of Growth and Climate Change”. The event intends to help progress towards the creation of sustainable water reuse solutions through multidisciplinary cooperation and learning from the extensive experience already gathered in countries around the world. The framework surrounding the central theme of the conference will deal with the full range of topics relating to water reclamation and reuse. There will be a focus on innovations and solutions that address water stress in integrated fashion from the three different angles of water reuse adoption, water reuse implementation and the removal of water reuse bottlenecks. Registrations can be done through https://iwareuse2023.com/registration.html

NITI Aayog's report on Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage shows multiple market opportunities in India

30th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: A study report, titled ‘Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage Policy Framework and its Deployment Mechanism in India’, was released on Tuesday. The report explores the importance of Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage as an emission reduction strategy to achieve deep decarbonization from the hard-to-abate sectors. The report outlines broad level policy interventions needed across various sectors for its application.

Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) to play a vital role in meeting India's NDC targets for achieving 50% of its total installed capacity from non-fossil-based energy sources, 45% reduction in emission intensity by 2030 and taking steps towards achieving Net Zero by 2070.

“CCUS can enable the production of clean products while still utilizing our rich endowments of coal, reducing imports and thus leading to an Atmanirbhar Indian economy.” said Suman Bery, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. Implementation of CCUS technology certainly be an important step to decarbonise the hard-to-abate sector.

It is also stated that CCUS projects may lead to a significant employment generation. It estimates that about 750 mtpa of carbon capture by 2050 can create employment opportunities of about 8-10 million on full time equivalent (FTE) basis in a phased manner.

“India’s dependency on the fossil-based Energy Resources is likely to continue in future, hence CCUS policy in Indian Context is needed” said Dr. V.K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog.

The report indicates that CCUS can provide a wide variety of opportunities to convert the captured CO2 to different value-added products like green urea, food and beverage form application, building materials (concrete and aggregates), chemicals (methanol and ethanol), polymers (including bio-plastics) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) with wide market opportunities in India, thus contributing substantially to a circular economy.

NWM Organises 42nd Water Talk

26th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: The National Water Mission (NWM) organized the 42nd Water Talk on 25th November 2022 on a virtual medium. The meeting was chaired by Archana Varma, Mission Director, NWM.

Acclaimed Advocate and Founding Partner of Indian Environment Law Organization (IELO), New Delhi spoke on the “Mainstreaming Water Use Efficiency in India: Need for Pluralism in water governance”

The hour-long discussion was followed by a Q&A session. Water Talk is reckoned as a knowledge exchange.

Trade should strengthen easier access to technology and innovation to address global challenges posed by climate change, food insecurity and global health, says Ambassador Luis Chuquihuara Chil

26th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

At a meeting of the Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology on 24th November, experts from international organizations and ministries shared their experiences and findings on technology transfer, with a view to invigorating work of the group, improving understanding on the nexus between trade and transfer of technology and increasing flows of technology to developing countries.

WTO Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang highlighted the multifaceted nature of technology transfer and how the nexus between trade and the transfer of technology could increase the flow of technology to developing countries. Technology transfer is a critical vehicle for greener, sustainable and a more inclusive economy, he said.

DDG Zhang added: "Let us not lose sight of the fundamental goals of the WTO as set out in the preamble of our founding Marrakesh agreement of using trade to improve living standards, create better jobs and promote sustainable development. These goals are fundamentally about people and the work in this group has the potential to do much more to improve the lives of people worldwide."

The discussions focused on a framework for technology transfer, technology transfer applied to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, and using technology transfer to promote access to vital goods and innovation during a pandemic.

Members heard presentations by the WTO Secretariat and representatives from international organizations, including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, World Intellectual Property Organization, Standards and Trade Development Facility, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization.

Shamika Sirimanne, Director of Technology and Logistics at UNCTAD, referred in her remarks to a recently published report on technology and innovation and emphasized the importance of technology transfer in enabling economic diversification.

"The notion that developing countries needed access to technology and know-how on better terms as a precondition for the emergence of a fair international economic order was at the core of the ground-breaking code of conduct of technology transfer, and this code of conduct established the framework for all future discussions of the issue," she said.

The working group chair, Ambassador Luis Chuquihuara Chil (Peru), said: "Trade can and should trigger the scenarios to promote and strengthen easier access to technology, knowledge and innovation. It is one of the most efficient and effective ways through which members may address the main 21st century global challenges, such as climate change, food insecurity and global health."

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav Intervenes at the COP 27 Closing Plenary

20th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: COP27 comes to an end. The Closing Plenary of the 27th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 27) of the UNFCCC was held today at Sharm El-Sheikh. The conference which was held with the view to building on the previous successes and paving the way for future ambition concluded with countries coming together to take action towards achieving the world’s collective climate goals.

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav who led the Indian delegation described it to be a historic COP where agreement has been secured for loss and damage funding arrangements including setting up a loss and damage fund. He congratulated COP27 Presidency for the untiring efforts to evolve consensus in the matter for which the world has waited far too long.

The Union Minister said, "We also welcome the inclusion of transition to sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production in our efforts to address climate change in the cover decision."

While taking a note of establishing of a 4-year work program on climate action in agriculture and food security, the Minister said, "Agriculture, the mainstay of livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers, will be hard hit from climate change. So, we should not burden them with mitigation responsibilities."

Indeed, India has kept mitigation in agriculture out of its NDCs, he added.

Stating that "We are also establishing a work program on just transition.", Mr. Yadav said, "For most developing countries, just transition cannot be equated with decarbonization, but with low-carbon development. Developing countries need independence in their choice of energy mix, and in achieving the SDGs. Developed countries taking the lead in climate action is therefore a very important aspect of the global just transition."

COP27, a historic shift

20th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: The UN climate talks which closed in Egypt today started to address the symptoms of the climate crisis in a breakthrough decision for the most vulnerable but did little to address the causes of global warming. The scale of influence of the fossil-fuel industry and its supporting states was on full display with further weakening of language excluding fossil fuels.

The “balance” of this COP was between (i) desires of the developed world to see greater mitigation ambition and to expand the list of who is responsible for paying for climate action and (ii) the developing world’s demands for recognition and support in the face of escalating climate impacts. A lot of compromises were made and the baseline of emissions reductions achieved in Glasgow was barely protected.

On dealing with the “loss and damage” caused by the impact of the climate crisis, more progress was made than many believed possible, with a commitment to set up a financial support structure for the most vulnerable by the next COP in 2023 as costs from extreme weather soar to over $200 billion annually.

New language including “low emissions” energy alongside renewables as the energy sources of the future is a significant loophole, as the undefined term could be used to justify new fossil fuel development against the clear guidance of the IPCC and IEA.

In the dying hours of the COP, the deal was weakened with the 1.5degree C target relegated to the section on Science, whereas in Glasgow it sat alongside the solutions to the climate crisis in the Mitigation section.

COP27 - a multilateral process - was impacted by the food and energy crisis gripping the world this year, and a new geopolitics that is shaped by an increasingly multipolar world and the ever increasing impact climate change is having on that geopolitics.

Shimla REC recommends FC Proposal despite violations

15th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: Despite the Ministry's Regional Empowered Committee at Shimla in its 13th meeting decided to recommend a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for necessary approval. The proposal pertains to Himachal Pradesh State Govt.

The proposal seeking diversion of 2.4264 hac of forest land in favour of District Youth Services and Sports Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh for the Construction of National Centre of Excellence at Hamirpur.

The REC Chaired by Satya Prakash Negi, IFS, observed violation, encroachment in deemed forest land. The violation was carried out by multiple departments in the past may be due to non- demarcation of the land. However, the committee was of the view that process of action on violation can be dealt separately with the State Govt., as the current user agency did not commit the violation. Hence, decided to recommend the proposal.

CPCB Reports NGT on Narela Fire Accident

15th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: Taking Suo-Moto cognizance of Delhi Fire news published in The Indian Express dated 1st November 2022, the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) listed the matter as Original Application No. 804/2022.

It was reported that a major fire broke out on the very Tuesday in a footwear factory at E-909, Narela Industrial Area, Delhi - 110040, around 9.30 AM which was doused around 3.30 PM. It was also published that two people died and 18 people were injured working in the factory.

The matter is Titled “Delhi: 2 dead in factory fire in Delhi’s Narela” and was listed for hearing on15th November 2022. Later, it's postponed to 23rd November 2022. In the matter NGT sought factual reports from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The CPCB requested Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to investigate the matter and provide Action Taken Report. A report has been filed by CPCB stating that "On the day of the incident, the fire broke out due to overheating of Agro Drum/cylinder used for manufacturing of PVC footwear, as told by eyewitnesses at the site. According to local reports, on the first floor, the cylinder explosion was of such a scale that a man standing in front of the cylinder was thrown out of window grill of the building on the outside road/street."

CPCB has cited two units namely, i) M/s Bala Sundari Industries, and ii) M/s Sandeep Plastic operating at Plot No. 909, Block-E, Narela Industrial Area, Delhi, engaged in the manufacturing of Plastic Dana & printing of straps and manufacturing of footwear, PVC granules & printing on footwear, respectively. However, it has not categorically pinpointed any one of these two units that caused the accident.

The report submitted by CPCB further states that the incident took place due to the negligence of untrained or unskilled workers and labourers inside the premises and also due to the negligence of the owner of the factory.

It's also revealed that the Consent to Operate (CTO) in the case of M/s Bala Sundari Industries was kept pending by DPCC due to generation of hazardous waste from printing activities as per an NGT Order Dated 20th March 2020, However, the other unit M/s Sandeep Plastic, CTO was having a CTO with validity up to 12th November 2024.


15th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

Egypt’s COP27 Presidency, in partnership with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), launched AWARe (Action on Water Adaptation or Resilience). The initiative will focus on three priorities for action:

1) Decrease water losses worldwide and improve water supply.

2) Propose and support implementing mutually agreed policy and methods for cooperative water-related adaptation action and its co-benefits.

3) Promote cooperation and interlinkages between water and climate action in order to achieve Agenda 2030, in particular SDG 6.

The AWARe initiative promotes measures to decouple economic growth from freshwater use and degradation; develop national utilization plans, adaptation and mitigation strategies and protect and restore freshwater ecosystems; seek cooperative analysis of river basin scale adaptation and mitigation options and risk of mal-adaptation and support mutually agreed policy solutions to advance a ‘do no harm’ approach.

It seeks to support promotion of sustainable waste-water management, sanitation policies and strategies, and water-wise energy pathways besides working on improving early warning systems for extreme weather events. It will also work towards linking water resources policies with national climate action to reflect climate change long-term impacts on water resources and demand, and to support preparedness and adaptation measures.

Union Environment Minister Intervenes at High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance at #COP27

14th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: According to a Government of India release, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav intervened at a High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance at COP 27 today. In his intervention, he said-

"Access to Finance and Technology in developing countries is a must-have if we expect to protect our earth and ourselves from apocalyptic changes. The commitment made by the developed countries to mobilize $100 b from diverse sources by 2020 was a meager amount and remains unachieved till now. The current needs of developing countries are estimated to be in the order of trillions.

There are several estimates of climate finance. The OECD estimates the flows to be USD83.3 billion in 2020 and USD79.9 billion in 2018, while Oxfam estimates the mobilized amount to be USD19-22.5 billion per year in 2017-18. Other estimates from UNFCCC, are USD45.4 billion in 2017 and USD51.8 billion in 2018. Evidently, there is no understanding of what really comprises climate finance. Transparency and Trust are the backbones of all multilateral discussions. Having a clear definition of climate finance will promote transparency and trust, vital for furthering constructive deliberations. While we take note of the work carried out by the Standing Committee on Finance, there is a need to further work in arriving at a meaningful definition of climate finance.

High transaction costs for accessing project preparation grants and considerable cofinancing requirements from the developing country need to be addressed. Slow disbursements, lack of flexibility to adapt to changing requirements, and long complex approval procedures with stringent eligibility criteria make difficult access to climate finance difficult. It is not the absence of a bankable project pipeline, but the procedures, inflexibility in approach, and lack of trust with respect to direct access entities that is a problem.

The new collective quantified goal for the period post-2025 needs to be an ambitious mobilization target at grant/concessional term. We require an ambitious flow of financial resources from various sources- public and private with the developed countries playing a pivotal role in incentivizing flows to the developing countries so that finance-the key means of implementation- is at grant/concessional rates. The Nationally Determined Contributions and the Needs determination reports could be a good basis to estimate the requirement. We are also of the view that action to improve the functioning of the financial mechanism to enable access is also critical.

There is only a small window of opportunity to rectify a problem that has accumulated over the centuries. It is really time for concerted action if we want to curtail temperature rise to sustain life.”

HWRA says no permission to new industries for groundwater extraction in over-exploited areas

12th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: The Haryana Water Resources Authority (HWRA) has categorically mentioned that in overexploited groundwater approval / NOC are not granted for groundwater extraction to any new industries except those falling in the category of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME). In case of MSMEs also the NOC only for drinking domestic use for work force can be granted.

It has further stated that the groundwater NOC for packaged water industries or water intensive industries is also not given in over-exploited areas even if they belong to MSME category.

Groundwater NOC to existing industrial units, which are already operational is given subject to rainwater harvesting, water audit reports, and payment of restoration/abstraction charges.

The Authority's Chief Executive Officer has submitted a report to the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Varun versus Central Pollution Control Board & Others O. A. No. 32 of 2020.

Notable that many industrial areas in the State have changed from semi-critical to over-exploited category in the post 2020 regime.

Secretary MoEF&CC stresses on enabling MSMEs and Start Ups to access finance for optimal use of tech

11th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: Department of Science and Technology hosted a Panel Discussion on “Technology Needs Assessment for Sustainable Life” at the India Pavilion at COP 27 to identify technology needs and their assessment for adoption for sustainable wellbeing of global citizens in future. Speaking at the discussion the Secretary, MoEF&CC, Leena Nandan said that what India and the world need today is technology. Climate change is not an issue confined to those who are seen as emitters. There is now a realization and larger and uniform understanding that Climate change cannot be wished away. It is knocking at our door.

She further said that climate change has led to devastation in the form of several nature-based occurrences. Our lifestyles need to change to respond to the challenges that we are facing, said Leena Nandan. She said that our discussions need to now focus on bridging the gaps between what we want to achieve and how to achieve it.

Secretary MoEF&CC said that science is there but how to apply this science and knowledge to our activities needs to be processed. Speaking in the context of technologies in road construction she said that one size fits all cannot apply to India due to India’s huge diversity. Technology needs assessment is different for different states. Terrain diversity forces states to find their respective solutions. The Secretary also spoke about Circular economy. Reduce, reuse, recycle, restore and refurbish. All R’s need the T that is technology, she said. She urged DST to engage with state governments to come up with innovative solutions.

Secretary MoEF&CC reiterated the need to work through silos and also stated that technology cannot remain confined to big players due to their access to finance. MSMEs and startups need to be enabled to access finance to use technology optimally.

“We need to add our bits in the larger picture only then as a country we could say that we have taken decisive steps to tackle Climate Change”, concluded the Secretary.

Climate change is a global concern and countries are taking concerted actions to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 6th Assessment Report of 9th August 2021 observed that climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying and it may cross 1.5o C threshold line by as early as 2040 unless serious efforts are taken by all countries. This calls for a synergistic efforts by all nations to control demands on resources so that imbalanced demand-supply scenario is addressed appropriately towards sustainability.

The concept of sustainable living qualifies for meeting the present ecological, societal, and economical needs without compromising with the needs for future generations. A decent life demands 24x7 electricity, potable water, adequate Food & Nutrition and a sustainable habitat. The biggest challenge is to deliver these basic needs in a sustainable manner. Here, technology has the potential to play a critical role in maintaining sustainability in this ecosystem.

"World “cannot afford to leave trade and WTO behind” in climate actions", Okonjo-Iweala

9th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

An effective strategy for tackling global warming cannot be successful without governments taking into account the important role of trade in meeting climate goals, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Tuesday. She was speaking at a high-level event with world leaders during the COP27 climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, to mark the launch of the WTO’s World Trade Report, which this year focuses on climate change and international trade.

The Director-General noted that the World Trade Report maps out pathways for governments on how to use trade to support national action plans – known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) - for tackling climate change.

The World Trade Report indicates trade actions that can help countries meet the challenge of moving to net-zero emissions by mid-century and harnessing trade as a force multiplier for climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Examples of such trade actions include opening up trade in environmental goods and services, improving cooperation on carbon measurement and verification, and transforming the WTO's Aid-for-Trade initiative into an investment programme that expands opportunities for sustainable trade in less affluent nations.

International cooperation on trade-related climate policy, such as carbon pricing and decarbonization standards, can also minimize trade frictions and investor uncertainty arising from unilateral climate actions, which may in turn impose disproportionate costs on firms and governments in developing countries. The WTO can play a valuable role as a venue for transparency and potential harmonization of such measures, the report notes.

WMO releases State of Global Climate Report 2022 from Sharm-El-Sheikh

6th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said "As COP27 gets underway, our planet is sending a distress signal." This statement came as a response to the World Meteorological Organization’s provisional State of the Global Climate in 2022 report showing that the past eight years are on track to be the eight warmest on record, fueled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations and accumulated heat. WMO released the provisional State of the Global Climate report and an accompanying interactive story map on the eve of the UN climate negotiations in Sharm-El-Sheikh, COP27, today.

The report further depicts that extreme heatwaves, drought and devastating flooding have affected millions and cost billions this year.

The report highlights the global mean temperature in 2022 is currently estimated to be about 1.15 [1.02 to 1.28] °C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial average. A rare triple-dip cooling La Niña means that 2022 is likely to “only” be fifth or sixth warmest. However, this does not reverse the long-term trend; it is only a matter of time until there is another warmest year on record.

Indeed, the warming continues. The 10-year average for the period 2013-2022 is estimated to be 1.14 [1.02 to 1.27] °C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial baseline. This compares with 1.09°C from 2011 to 2020, as estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment report.

WMO report also reveals that ocean heat was at record levels in 2021 (the latest year assessed), with the warming rate particularly high in the past 20 years.

"The report clearly shows how 2022 follows past trends and has seen increasing extreme events across the world. Many of these events came sequentially, like the heatwaves and floods in Pakistan, testing people's ability to cope. We know that with higher warming, such extreme events will only increase and endlessly adapting to them is a myth. This is why we need urgent mitigation across sectors now.”, say Dr Chandni Singh, Senior Researcher & Faculty Member, Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

WMO report also highlights the concentrations of the main greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide – once again reached record levels in 2021. The annual increase in methane concentration was the highest on record. Data from key monitoring stations show atmospheric levels of the three gases continue to increase in 2022.

Dr Anjal Prakash, Research Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business has commented “The state of the global climate report 2022 is not surprising. The report reaffirms the findings of the 2022 IPCC reports. It’s now common knowledge that the earth is warming at unprecedented rates, and its consequences are being borne by the people who contributed least to this process. The report shows that there is an urgency for climate action. Countries of the industrialised north must own up to the responsibility and pay towards the loss and damages happening in the global south. These reports bring in the issue of climate justice in a much more pronounced way. I hope that COP 27 can fix the responsibilities of the countries and work towards a common future where levels of warming are curbed through collective action. South Asia is particularly vulnerable as we have seen the devastating impacts of climate change in terms of rising climate-led extreme events such as floods in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating, and the water regimes in the Himalayan rivers are changing at a fast rate. We shouldn’t be wasting any more time but getting to cooperate as it is for our common future that we must cooperate.”

The State of the Global Climate 2022 is produced as an annual report, complementing the most recent long assessment cycle provided by the sixth IPCC Assessment Report. The full and final report is expected to be published in March 2023. The report provides an authoritative voice on the current state of the climate using key climate indicators and reporting on extreme events and their impacts.

Govt. Notifies New Emission Standards for Gensets upto 800kw

5th November 2022 YouTube Twitter LinkedIn

The Government of India has amended the emission limits for new engines used for power generating sets, widely called gensets, with capacity up to 800 kW Gross Mechanical Power.

G.S.R. 804(E) dated 3rd November 2022 is applicable for Diesel engines, Engines based on dedicated alternate fuels, Engines based on Bi-fuels run either on Gasoline or on any one of the alternate fuels, Engines based on Dual Fuel run on Diesel and any of the alternate fuels and Portable Generator sets (PI engines below 19kW and up to 800 cc displacement) run on Gasoline fuel, dedicated alternate fuels and Bi-fuel run either on Gasoline or on any one of the alternate fuels.

The new emission standards shall be effective from 1st July 2023. The existing standards were notified on 11th December 2013.

Delhi Govt. revises Tree Plantation Target

13th September 2022 Twitter LinkedIn

New Delhi: Delhi Government has claimed to have set a history by achieving 96% of its annual plantation target way ahead of schedule. Riding on the success of the tree plantation drive, Environment Minister Gopal Rai has revised this year's target from 35 lakhs to 42.81 lakhs.

Second phase plantation scheduled from 15th October 2022. Read more

Standalone Re-rolling units, Cold rolling units need EC

22nd July 2022

On 20th July 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has directed all the standalone re-rolling units or cold rolling units, which are in existence and in operation as on the date of the notification dated 20th July 2022, with valid Consent to Establish (CTE) and Consent to Operate (CTO) from the concerned State Pollution Control Board or the Union territory Pollution Control Committee, as the case may be, shall apply online for grant of Terms of Reference (ToR) followed by Environment Clearance. #EIA #MoEF To get such updates Subscribe to Enviro Annotations.