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Study of stakeholders on CO2 emission litigation

Results of investigation into the knowledge and practice of Indian stakeholders regarding energy efficiency (EE), carbon emission trading (CET) and foreign investment. Stakeholders are: energy intensive industry (sugar, cement, power, steel and aluminium); govenment; state government; environment and development NGOs and journalists.

Findings include:

  • reasonable committment on behalf of industry to EE and CET motivated by understanding the potential gains particularly in terms of reduction of operating costs and public opinion
  • widespread scepticism at all levels of government motivated by idea that controlling CO2 emissions is not a priority for India and is the responsibility of developed nations
  • NGOs are generally sceptical about the final form of the CET programme and believe that developed countries should address reducing carbon emissions without using CET from developing countries
  • journalists were generally neutral or sceptical expressing concerns similar to NGOs although some belief that CETs could represent financial transfer from North to South

On the basis of its findings, the report recommends how the message of the benefits of controlling CO2 emissions could be successfully conveyed to each stakeholder group.