India has recently created trading guidelines for carbon credits. These guidelines enable the monitoring and trading of the carbon emissions of 13 activities falling under three categories on the global market.
Carbon credits are a major tool in the fight against climate change, as they allow countries to adhere to their commitments made under international agreements like the Paris Agreement.
Carbon credits, a key component of Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement, are units of pollution-reduction efforts that one entity can use to offset its own emissions. Trading of carbon credits incentivizes entities to reduce their own emissions, by allowing them to purchase emission reductions from other sources and use those to reach their own targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In India, the government has now finalized a list of activities that will be eligible for trading in carbon credits.
India Finalizes 13 Activities for Carbon Credits, Boosting Clean Technologies and Emission Reduction Efforts.
In India, the National Designated Authority for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (NDAIAPA) has finalized 13 activities related to GHG mitigation which can generate carbon credits – renewable energy with storage, solar thermal power, off-shore wind, green hydrogen, compressed biogas, emerging mobility solutions, high-end technology for energy efficiency and sustainable aviation fuel among others. Carbon credits also include alternate materials and removal activities that would help reduce emissions.