IMD, UNDP and Japan launch project to accelerate climate action in India








Along with setting up 30 solar-powered cold storage systems and 85 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in all 10 states and UT, it also involves the solarization of 150 healthcare facilities and 20 micro-enterprises.





The Government of Japan, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday announced a new initiative to accelerate climate action and climate-resilient development in 10 states/UTs across the country, a week after the cabinet approved the country’s updated “climate action plans”, known as the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).












In collaboration with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, projects totaling $5.16 million will use the NDC to achieve net-zero emissions, climate-resilient development and post-COVID green recovery in India. In the current fiscal year, the project will be implemented in Delhi NCR, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and India. Uttar Pradesh.

All organizations will work together to deploy clean energy infrastructure and low-emission technologies in important sectors such as transport, health, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and agriculture as part of the initiative supported by Japan in terms of granting grants to UNDP India. . Along with setting up 30 solar-powered cold storage systems and 85 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in all 10 states and UT, it also involves the solarization of 150 healthcare facilities and 20 micro-enterprises.

Hokugo Kyoko, Minister (Economy and Development) of the Japanese Embassy in India, said that “our common goal of decarbonization and sustainable development will require deeper climate partnerships in the near future” and that “we are convinced that the Sectors that fall under this UNDP project, such as transport, health, industries and agriculture, are critical components that require interventions.












Such support is in line with India’s goal to advance its updated climate commitments through technology transfer and affordable international financing. As part of its broader long-term goal of achieving “net zero” emissions by 2070, the nation pledged Aug. 3 to achieve approximately 50 percent cumulative installed capacity of electric power from non-fossil energy resources by 2030 and reduce emissions intensity (emissions per unit of GDP) by 45% by 2030 from 2005 levels.

The Met department is supporting project activities in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, Gyalshing and Soreng in Sikkim which include climate forecasting and weather advisories to improve disaster preparedness in some of the highest risk geographical areas and technical expertise when planning the gram panchayat to develop the climate. – informed plans, according to Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Managing Director, IMD.

“IMD has always led the charge on climate action and in this project we aim to demonstrate how IMD’s climate predictions can be used to guide development planning,” he said.












Other elements of the Indo-Japanese projects include promoting green jobs and green entrepreneurship in industries like renewable energy by providing skills and training to over 2,000 people and demonstrating resilient climate planning at the local level. through climate information flow systems for 30 gram panchayats.











First published: August 12, 2022, 11:15 a.m. IST