India mulls carbon credit trading scheme for decarbonisation

Indian carbon market to help India achieve the NDC goal of reducing Emissions Intensity of the GDP by 45% by 2030 against 2005 levels

Carbon credit trading

New Delhi: The Central government has planned to develop the Indian carbon market (ICM), where a national framework will be established with an objective to decarbonise the Indian economy by pricing the Green House Gas (GHG) emission through trading of the carbon credit certificates.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ministry of power, along with ministry of environment, forest & climate change are developing the carbon credit trading scheme for this purpose. A one-day ‘stakeholder consultation on accredited carbon verifiers under ICM’ was organized in New Delhi Thursday with participants drawn from key stakeholders including accredited energy auditors, carbon/energy verifiers, sector experts etc.

As India currently has an energy savings-based market mechanism, the new avatar carbon credit trading scheme will enhance the energy transition efforts with an increased scope that will cover the potential energy sectors in India. For these sectors, GHG emissions intensity benchmark and targets will be developed, which will be aligned with India’s emissions trajectory as per climate goals. The trading of carbon credits will take place based on the performance against these sectoral trajectories. Further, it is envisaged that there will be a development of a voluntary mechanism concurrently, to encourage GHG reduction from non-obligated sectors.

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“The ICM will enable the creation of a competitive market that can provide incentives to climate actors to adopt low-cost options by attracting technology and finance towards sustainable projects that generate carbon credits. It can be a vehicle for mobilizing a significant portion of investments required by Indian economy to transition toward low-carbon pathways,” said Abhay Bakre, director general of BEE. He further added that this consultation will give specific guidance for developing the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) process and define eligibility criteria for accredited carbon verifiers (ACVs).

The ICM will develop methodologies for estimation of carbon emissions reductions and removals from various registered projects, and stipulate the required validation, registration, verification, and issuance processes to operationalize the scheme. MRV guidelines for the emissions scheme will also be developed after consultation. A comprehensive institutional and governance structure will be setup with specific roles of each party involved in the execution of ICM. Capacity building of all entities will be undertaken for upskilling in the subject matter.

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The ICM will mobilize new mitigation opportunities through demand for emission credits by private and public entities. A well-designed, competitive carbon market mechanism would enable the reduction of GHG emissions at the least cost, both at the level of entity, as well as the overall sector and drive faster adoption of clean technologies, in a growing economy like India.

India has been at the forefront of climate action to meet the climate goals through its ambitious nationally determined contributions (NDC). To facilitate the achievement of India’s enhanced climate targets and to meet the future goals, the government is developing the ICM. By accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy, the ICM will facilitate achieve the NDC goal of reducing emissions intensity of the GDP by 45% by 2030 against 2005 levels.

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