AUG 2017  

Following the Paris Agreement on climate change, it becomes imperative for countries, and for companies, municipalities, and other organizations to track their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and consequently, GHG accounting and reporting processes help organizations to identify, calculate, and report GHG emissions. They enable accurate, complete, consistent, relevant, and transparent accounting and reporting of GHG emissions by governments and organizations, including information on setting organizational and operational boundaries, tracking emissions over time, and reporting emissions. This month, our cover story highlights that today in the age of increased urbanization, where the world is increasingly discussing the rise of greenhouse gases and CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, common citizens must also be able to assess and track CO2 emissions from their own activities, and the activities of people and organizations around them. The efforts undertaken, internationally, nationally, or at state or district levels to document these emissions, need an overarching framework, with a certain degree of standardization. Till then, maintaining the consistency as well as comparability of the data remains uncertain. With cities building up and developing at a rapid pace, there is an urgent need to be watchful of the GHG emissions that these spaces are expected to pump in the atmosphere. In addition to the focus on larger geographical areas (country level), city-level emission checks are the need of the hour. Our cover story discusses how GHG accounting, reporting, and inventorization has changed the way we look at emission documentation today. Though streamlining of these processes is still an evolving practice, it is encouraging that authorities who wish to initiate the documentation and reporting of the emissions, under their own city boundaries, can now do so with these frameworks and continue improving progressively. However, the challenge faced by these methods today is the inability to standardize, which makes these results and datasets ambiguous for policy use. The silver lining, however, is that making the emissions data available along with transparency in the process can be now made possible with several reporting frameworks. The data, which acts as an input to this inventory, can be gathered from a variety of sources, such as government departments and statistics agencies, national GHG inventory reports, etc. What remains as a challenge is to maintain consistency in both acquiring data as well as storing it.

The special report this month highlights hydrocarbon exploration and the high risks associated with it due to pressure irregularities, weather conditions, and a host of other uncertainties. The question is whether an agricultural belt as potent as Neduvasal in Tamil Nadu should give up its land for an economically viable, high-risk hydrocarbon project? The article sheds light on the impressive resistance that has been put up by the villagers and this case represents one of the most important predicaments of our time..

Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI

© TERI 2017

Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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