himachal become carbon neutral by the year 2020
Himachal Pradesh is poised to become carbon neutral by the year 2020 by undertaking “carbon smart growth”, asserted Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal while speaking at the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organised by The Energy and Resource Institute on “Protecting the Global Commons; 20 years Post Rio” at New Delhi today. He said that Himachal would be first state in the country to become carbon neutral by 2020.
He said that state govt has inventorized Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission for assessing the carbon footprints and said that the carbon footprint per capita in Himachal Pradesh has been assessed at 1.4 tonne per capita in comparison to national average of 1.57 tonnes per capita.
He said that state govt has signed ERPA MoU with World Bank for harnessing carbon credits to generate carbon Revenues amounting to Rs 20 crores for 20 years under “Bio-Carbon Projects ” in 177 gram panchayats in 4000 hectare land in 10 districts of the state.