A report stated that urbanisation has led to an almost 29 percent increase in carbon emission as well as other greenhouse gases within the last six years. The report was prepared by the International Council for Local Environment Initiative (ICLEI).
Pune: Raising serious environmental concerns, a recent report released by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) states that urbanisation has led to an almost 29 percent increase in carbon emission as well as other greenhouse gases within last six years. The report, called Environment Status Report (ESR), was released on Wednesday.
The report was prepared by the International Council for Local Environment Initiative (ICLEI). The same organisation also prepared a carbon inventory for the civic body. The inventory found out that greenhouse gas emission in the city was very high. GHG emission was calculated as high as 60,11,474 tonnes in Pune.
Another carbon inventory was created by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). It calculated that GHG emission in the city was about 46,61,064.20 tonnes in 2016-2017.
It was found that the maximum emission was released from residential categories which were recorded around 19.43 lakh tonnes. As a justification, it was stated that emission was more from residential areas because of the consumption of electricity along with petroleum products.
Apart from residential areas, transport category stood second with 13.72 lakh tonnes of carbon emissions. Industrial category stood third with 11.28 lakh tonnes. The commercial category stood last with 11.04 lakh tonnes.Must read: Bihar horror: Girl repeatedly raped by principal, teachers and 15 classmates over seven months
The report stated that water treatment, power consumption sewage treatment also contributed to carbon emissions up to 2.19 lakh tonnes. The electricity consumption in the Pune city is maximum in the residential sector.
It is surprising that the emissions have reduced in the commercial and industrial sector. The report also stated that use of renewable energy has increased in Pune. A report in Indian Express stated that this occurred due to discount in property tax for residential areas which use environmental friendly measures.