The India GHG Program led by WRI India, Confederation of India Industry (CII) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an industry-led voluntary framework to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions.The programme builds comprehensive measurement and management strategies to reduce emissions and drive more profitable, competitive and sustainable businesses and organisations in India. The programme is supported by the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and Pirojsha Godrej Foundation.
Over the last few years, with the release of India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change, the Low Carbon report, the pilot initiative on trading of pollutants from power plants and the mandatory scheme on energy efficiency trading, the discourse regarding the role and involvement of Indian industry in achieving the country’s energy and carbon intensity goals has matured considerably. At the same time, a small number of Indian companies are becoming more open to their stakeholders, investors and consumers about their environmental footprint, including carbon footprint, as they realize the business benefits of doing so.
The India GHG Program therefore aims to establish a robust and effective institutional set-up providing access to;
- Internationally recognized and locally relevant GHG measurement and accounting tools
The program will provide companies with tools and technical assistance to build inventories, based on the GHG Protocol, to reduce emissions and drive more efficient, resilient, and prosperous businesses and organizations.
- Customized training and capacity building initiatives
The program will create a pool of certified GHG practitioners, by developing and delivering training and course modules to help businesses make informed decisions and adopt a globally consistent approach to GHG reporting and accounting.
- Relevant industry specific best practices, benchmarking data and analytics
The program will convene industry, sectoral and regional peers to foster collaboration, dialog and competition on a single platform.
- Expertise on appropriate goal setting and voluntary targets
The program will establish both annual and long-term reduction goals, identify reduction opportunities, and track their progress for efficient and effective emissions management.
- Business solutions to facilitate GHG emission reductions
Programs such as Green Power Market - Development Group, Offset Platforms and Market Mechanisms offer businesses this opportunity.