CDM Authority Goes HitechBy ANI
Thursday, March 19, 2009
NEW DELHI - The National CDM Authority (NCDMA) in the Ministry of Environment and Forests took a further step in applying the principles of e-governance by launching a new website today.
It will enable CDM project proponents to file applications and upload their project documents directly from the comfort of their offices. They would no longer be required to submit hard copies of the project reports to the authority.
Inaugurating the website, Vijai Sharma, Secretary, Environment and Forests, said that this step was a major initiative to further streamline the working of India’s National CDM Authority, which is reckoned as one of the most efficient and pro-active Designated National Authority (DNA) in this world.
“With on-line uploading of project reports, a feature which has been made available from today, the handling of project reports and other paper work of the authority will be reduced considerably” Sharma added.
“E-filing will be mandatory with immediate effect. However as a transitional measure the project proponents shall also submit hard copies of project reports till September 30 2009,” he said.
Sharma highlighted India’s commitment to press hard for further strengthening of the CDM and its continuation beyond 2012. India and other major countries are major players in the field of CDM. Without their effective participation, this mechanism cannot survive and would make compliance of emission reduction targets by Annex-I countries much more expensive.
The Secretary also informed that, India’s CDM potential represents a significant component of the global CDM market. As on March 17 2009, 398 out of total 1455 projects registered by the CDM Executive Board are from India, which is next only to China with 453 projects.
The NCDMA has accorded Host Country Approval to 1226 projects facilitating an investment of more than Rs.151, 397 crores. These projects are in the sectors of energy efficiency, fuel switching, industrial processes, municipal solid waste and renewable energy.
If registered by the CDM Executive Board, all these projects have the potential to generate 573 million Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) by the year 2012. (ANI)