Draft plan to be ready by March 31
Uttar Pradesh government is giving final shape to the State Action Plan on Climate Change, which aims at cutting carbon footprint with the formulation of eco-friendly policies.
The Action Plan would encompass 8 missions dedicated to different sectors, such as agriculture, energy, housing etc. It will outline environment issues in UP, impact of climate change, vulnerability assessment and climate change strategy.
“The Draft Action Plan would be ready by March this year,” principal secretary urban development Alok Ranjan told Business Standard on sidelines of a conference on ‘A Better Tomorrow through Green buildings’ organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here.
“The Action Plan would help the government to formulate eco-friendly and people-friendly policies, which help in controlling emission of greenhouse gases,” he added. The Plan would be later vet by the Centre.
Ranjan noted the state was conscious of the environment issues and was committed to making a greener UP through regulation and awareness among the stakeholders.
In his address, Indian Green Building Council chairperson P C Jain said almost 40 per cent of the energy produced was consumed by buildings and the need of hour was to adopt green building technologies.
Meanwhile, UP environment director and state nodal officer for climate change Yashpal Singh said the Action Plan would encompass 8 missions, including energy, non-renewable energy, water, housing, strategic knowledge, sustaining the Himalayan eco-system and sustainable agriculture.
Each of the missions is being handled by the concerned department principal secretary and core committee.
“The Centre has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German consultancy firm GTZ, which is helping the respective state governments in drafting the Action Plan,” he added.
The draft Action Plan of the state would later be sent to the Centre, which would gives its views and suggest for any revisions. Thereafter, the high-powered committee led by the state chief secretary would give its final nod to it.