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Jamshedpur, Nov. 5: Dr. Dev Dutt Sharma, chairman of Pollution Control Board, Jharkhand, has said that a project in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been prepared to take mitigated action related to renewable energy efficiency under Global Environmental Faculty (GEF).

Dr. Sharma addressing the inaugural session of a two-day national conference on “Environmental Challenges & Solutions” (NC-ECS 2015) at the CSIR- National Metallurgical Laboratory auditorium on Wednesday.

The GEF secretariat has agreed to fund this project, which is likely to start in the early next year. Various activities to be taken up are under this project inter alia include energy efficient municipal water pumping in Mining Area Development Authority, Dhanbad, roof-top grid connected solar power projects in Project Building and Nepal House, and solar street lighting in Bokaro. In addition, two more projects are in pipeline. These are promotion of climate resilient adaption through sustainable forest management practices, and micro and mini grid for improving energy access in rural areas of Jharkhand.

A city-based NGO –‘Nature,” in association with CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Indian Institute of Metal, Jamshedpur Chapter, Tata Steel and Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ) ,Ranchi, will be participating in the above projects.

More than 115 delegates from various industies, institutions and universities across the country participated in the conference.

The inaugural function started with the traditional lighting of ceremonial lamp. Dr. Santanu Bhattacharjee, Chief Scientist and Adviser Management, CSIR-NML, welcomed the guests and highlighted on the importance of the seminar at the national level.

Dr. Sharma said, “The global temperature has risen by about 0.9°C during the past 100 years. It is expected to rise by more than 2.7°C by the end of 21st century if no suitable measures are taken. This will have disastrous consequences all around the world in the form of sea level rise and extreme weather events. We can’t change the past but we can certainly change the future”.

According to him, ‘India will have to mobilize new and additional funds from developed countries to implement its mitigation and adaption actions in view of huge funds requirement and resource gap. India has made it clear that it expects developed nations to come out with more ambitious climate action plan.”

As far as Jharkhand State Action Plan on Climate Change is concerned, it is endorsed by the National Steering Committee on Climate Change. As a follow up, we have prepared a project involving expenditure of Rs. 172.72 crore during a period of ten years under the Green India Mission and the same has been approved by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

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