On July 22, 2013, WRI India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) launched the India GHG Program, a voluntary initiative to standardize measurement and management of GHG emissions in India. In addition to representatives from over 20 founding member companies, the event was attended by key corporate, environmental, and government leaders including Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Shakti Foundation, USAID, and CDP.
The India GHG Program aims to help companies in India monitor their progress toward voluntary reduction goals in a consistent and credible manner. The program will provide companies with tools and technical assistance to build inventories, identify reduction opportunities, establish both annual and long-term reduction goals, and track their progress based on GHG Protocol standards. Allowing companies to focus on improved measurement and management also enables increased cost-savings that will benefit businesses’ bottom line. The Program will also facilitate engagement of the business sector with policymakers, supporting progress toward national goals on carbon intensity and GHG emissions mitigation. In addition, it will help promote harmonization across similar initiatives and build a pool of trained GHG practitioners and GHG measurement and management professionals.
Founding member companies of the Program include Godrej & Boyce, HCC Limited, Ford Motor Company (India), Mahindra Sanyo Steel, Jet Airways, Tata Teleservices, Bayer Group, Infosys Technologies, Tata Chemicals, NTPC, ITC, Yes Bank, Cummins India, Forbes Marshall, JK Tyres, Shree Cements, United Technologies, Ambuja Cement, and GAIL,. The program has been made possible with support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Pirojsha Godrej Foundation, and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation & Nuclear Safety.