India: Taking on climate change post-Copenhagen domestic actions
A Ministry of Environment and Forests note summarising India’s domestic actions on climate change in the aftermath of Copenhagen. It tables actions on sub-national climate plans, energy efficiency, renewable energy and capacity building on climate change through R&D.; The Government of India has set up an Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth. The Group has been given the mandate to develop a roadmap for India for low carbon development. It will recommend prioritized actions in sectors such as Electricity, Transport, Industry, Oil and Gas, Buildings, and Forestry. India has announced a levy – a clean energy cess – on coal, at the rate of Rs. 50 (~USD 1) per ton, which will apply to both domestically produced and imported coal.