India planning to raise its industrial energy efficiency targets

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The Indian government recently announced plans to increase the energy efficiency targets of the country's industrial sector, according to the Live Mint website.
Speaking at the recent 'Industry Consultation on India's INDCs for Climate Change' conference in Delhi, environment secretary Ashok Lavasa announced that the NMEEE (National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency) was currently being "revised and expanded to cover new large industry sectors as well as enhance targets."
In addition to this, other "new missions" are also going through their final developmental stages, as part of India's NAPCC (National Action Plan on Climate Change).
"The pre-2020 actions on mitigation and finance are important and need to be enhanced," Lavasa said. "India is looking for clean coal technologies as well, as coal is going to be a source of power for India in coming years."
Lavasa's announcement runs in accordance with similar statements earlier in the year, when a meeting of the Prime Minister's council decided that national missions made under the NAPCC should be expanded.
It also comes ahead of the Paris summit in December, when the world's leading countries will come together to forge a new global climate plan. Before this can be done, however, the 196 countries involved will have to state their Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by the end of September.
According to climate change secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was also present at the event, India will be ready to submit its INDCs in approximately six weeks' time. These are going to cover "not just mitigation but adaptation," he explained, incorporating areas ranging from reduction of emissions to finance, technology and the country's capacity building needs.
The PAT (Perform, Achieve and Trade) scheme, which is part of the NMEEE, strives to encourage and boost energy efficiency in India's larger industries that consume high energy volumes. So far under the scheme, some 478 industrial units have been notified of new energy efficient targets.
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