Nobel Prize winner R K Pachauri felicitated

December 15th, 2007 - 4:34 pm ICT by admin  

New delhi, ec.15 (ANI): Congratulating Dr Pachauri on him being, Sunil Kant Munjal, Past President, CII and Chairman, Hero Corporate Service Limited, said climate change was important for all of us in India as much as elsewhere in the world.
Dialogue on concerns of sustainability, CO2, climate change has been on in CII for quite some time. CII has established two Centres of Excellence CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, and CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development to respond to these concerns.
This is being done because it is essential for us to go down this road to avoid risks and benefit for opportunities it provides. What role can industry and CII play? Mr Munjal called for a dialogue with Dr Pachauri to make CIIs efforts more sustainable and meaningful.
Dr Tarun Das, Chief Mentor, CII, introducing about Dr Pachauri said he was far-sighted many years ago, setting up TERI, and focussing on environment. Following from the vision is his mission that he has made sustainable for many years. He has integrity of purpose and travelled a million miles.
Dr. R K Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC, said the afternoon was an occasion of honour. However, he had been basking in the glory of the award received by the others. He aside, IPCC is a marvel organisation bringing thousands of scientists and experts putting in labour of love. The process is transparent, there are peer reviews on draft reports, governments are asked to provide comments in the final stage, all records are made available to public, and the finally there is a summary for public makers. He credited Al Gore for his efforts in the awareness generated on climate change.
Recalling the ongoing extended conference at Bali, he said the main bone of contention between the EU and the US, Japan, Canada was the over an agreement on mandatory emission targets. It is required to have stringent emissions reduction targets and an agreed timetable of six months to arrive at reductions.
Dr Pachauri sent a strong message to the business community and every one else, that the future will be a low carbon society. The Indian industry will be at the vanguard of this change.
The Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC contains a major advance in knowledge over previous reports and has not only show the strong physical science basis for climate change that has taken place since industrialisation, but what is even more noteworthy is the considerably detailed assessment of the impacts of climate change in different parts of the world.
Equally important is the clear set of findings on mitigation options, which are really very low in cost and high in feasibility. The report also brings out the inevitability of bringing about reduction in emissions if we have to stabilise the worlds climate at levels that have been assessed distinctly. For instance, for an equilibrium temperature increase of 2-2.4o C, the world can at best allow emissions to increase up to 2015 beyond which they must decline. Also assessed in the IPCC reports is the need for combining adaptation with mitigation options.
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize highlights the importance of climate change and the need for action to meet the challenge that it presents. It is hoped that the global community would see the urgency of taking action, and to that extent the Nobel Prize obviously sends a very powerful message to the global community, which it is hoped will stimulate action in the right direction.
Honouring the IPCC through the grant of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 in essence can be seen as a clarion call for the protection of the earth as it faces the widespread impacts of climate change. The choice is an acknowledgement of three important realities, which can be summed up as:
The power and promise of collective scientific endeavour, which, as demonstrated by the IPCC, can reach across national boundaries and political differences in the pursuit of objectives defining the larger good of human society.
The importance of the role of knowledge in shaping public policy and guiding global affairs for the sustainable development of human society. An acknowledgement of the threats to stability and human security inherent in the impacts of a changing climate and, therefore, the need for developing an effective rationale for timely and adequate action to avoid such threats in the future.
Dr Pachauri invited CII for a joint conference on climate change to look at how Indian businesses move towards a low-carbon economy, provide concrete policy suggestions to the government, and build an Indian society that is sustainable.
Lt. Gen. (Retd.) S S Mehta, Director General, CII, said Dr Pachauris honour is a good start to the Indian century, as it is known. CII is kick-starting on the risks that India faces now on various sustainable development issues. He highlighted initiatives of CII by establishing Centres of Excellence, and said CII was also ready to partner with TERI on low-carbon economy. (ANI)

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