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Proposals for the Union Budget 2022 by EKI Energy Services Ltd – EQ Mag Pro

Proposals for the Union Budget 2022 by EKI Energy Services Ltd – EQ Mag Pro


Climate change is an impetus that can transform India into a sustainable, low-carbon country with a high-growth economy. It is therefore vital that the Government of India establishes a strategic and definitive roadmap to execute climate action.

We recommend that the Budget this year should empower low-carbon and climate-resilient sectors for increased climate action. This will not only enable the country to drive targeted efforts to achieve its net-zero commitment of 2070 but will also help us to conserve our environment through sustainable climate actions.

Our recommendations

1. National database for carbon credit– A one-stop destination with all inventory details of carbon offsets will enable a seamless monitoring and regulation of all available data. This will phenomenally enhance the global marketability of the carbon credits available in India resulting in increased funds that can be channeled for more climate action as we stride ahead to a net zero future.

2. Incentivizing mitigation and climate action(s) – This is one of the most instrumental propositions to encourage more organizations across sectors to adapt increased climate actions. Govt. should provide incentives/subsidies through various Government schemes to businesses engaging in carbon credits.This will lead to an increased generation of this environmental commodity that can be exported to global markets resulting in increased forex earning for the country. Companies engaging in carbon credit exports should also be given export incentives in the form of duty scripts

3. Climate compliance should be mandated for PSUs, especially where their complaint project registrations are too low. PSUs are also not availing benefits related to carbon markets so it must be mandatory for them to gain this benefit which is currently sought by and made rightful use of, by the private sector.

4. Formulation of clear policy on NDC – If the Govt. establishes a clear policy on NDC for the usage of credits and other aspects of the Glasgow pact, the industry can gain clarity on the possible transactions it can drive and channelize its consolidated efforts to ramp up the pace towards achieving the country’s net zero commitment of 2070. Migration of projects from Kyoto Protocol to Paris Agreement and new project registrations under Article 6.4 must be made very clear.

5. CSR funds for climate action should be encouraged and it should be allowed to buy carbon credit under CSR. The use of revenue generated from these activities need to be clarified under law. This will encourage more projects and requisite funding to drive focus efforts. Initiatives like green cooking or forestry for example, enable communities to become empowered while also driving biodiversity conservation.

6. Carbon credits for old car scrap – The Govt.’s old car scrap policy is a significant regulation on carbon emissions. Adding a credit generation mechanism to this policy can phenomenally increase the steady supply of the country’s carbon offsets. When car owners get incentivized with credits for their scrapped car, the country can increase its export revenue.

7. Creation of education policy on climate change and its mitigation will create a talent pool for India. An education policy and accreditation will impart requisite climate skills and build skilled manpower for climate action.

8. Start-ups should be encouraged in the climate industry sector. This will drive more focused efforts for climate action in the country.

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network