Kerala joins the race for zero emissions

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The state government is drawing up a plan to transform Kerala into a zero-emission state by 2050, local government minister MV Govindan has said.

Modern consumer culture is among the many factors contributing to global warming, he said on Friday during the inauguration of a seminar on Kerala’s carbon neutrality organized under the Nava Keralam mission.

“It is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a gradual way through a coordinated project involving awareness programs and popularization of alternative systems as well as the exploration of ways to capture and store carbon dioxide” , did he declare.

The two-day seminar aims to develop an action plan for the program to achieve carbon neutral status. The action plan will form the basis of a participatory campaign involving local organizations, government departments and agencies, and the public.

Former Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac delivered the keynote address. TN Seema, Coordinator, Nava Keralam Mission, presided over the ceremony.

Experts from Indian Department of Meteorology, National Center for Earth Science Studies, Center for Water Resources Development and Management, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences of Kerala, Kerala State Pollution Control Board, Kerala Forestry Research Institute, Kerala State Biodiversity Board, Energy Management Center, Ministries and various schools of engineers are among the participants in the seminar.

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