New Delhi: The Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) regarding Clean Development and Climate on Monday endorsed 18 flagship projects for clean development across eight priority sectors.
At its second ministerial meeting, the partnership also accepted Canada as a member country of the APP, which includes India, China, Korea, Japan, Australia and the US. The partnership was launched early last year in Sydney with the goal of addressing climate change, clean development and energy security challenges. Since then, APP has endorsed 110 collaborative projects across the countries. External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, who delivered the inaugural address, while agreeing that there are grave climate change concerns, also pointed out that India can’t sacrifice its national development goals, which requires increased energy consumption. The upcoming United Nations climate change talks in Bali scheduled in December, will decide the future of the Kyoto Protocol . “Our per capita consumption of energy at present is only 530kg of oil equivalent (kgoe), compared to a world average of 1,770kgoe,” Mukherjee said. “As we endeavour to increase our energy consumption, we ensure that the means are sustainable.”
The priority sectors of APP, include cleaner fossil fuel energy, aluminium, coal mining, steel, renewable energy and distributed generation, power generation and transmissions, buildings and appliances, and cement. Of the 18 endorsed projects, the ones on management of bauxite residue, coal processing technologies and hazardous waste co-processing will be based in India.