Kerala is being sought after as an important partner in global action to tackle climate change, according to speakers at the British High Commission’s discussion on ‘Socio-Economic Causes and Impact of Climate Change’ held here on Tuesday.

‘’There is great deal of interest in Kerala’s model of decentralised governance and devolution of power to local bodies,” said Rachel Brass, First Secretary (Energy and Climate) British High Commission.  Solutions to the problems of climate change should be worked out locally.

The  discussions were meant for MLAs and local body councillors of the state with the aim of ‘’developing long-term action plan which involves the private sector and NGOs,” Rachel Brass said.  She also spoke about UK’s domestic energy policies such as the Climate Change Act, whose main aim is to limit carbon  emissions and make them legally binding.   “We hope UK and Kerala will work together in working out policies and linking businesses,” she said, while talking about the Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme which UK helped India implement.

‘’This obliges energy-intensive sectors to measure, report and improve energy efficiency parameters,” she said. She cited examples of how PAT scheme has been used to help Bombay Stock Exchange list companies rating their efficiency in conserving energy.

Speaking on Kerala’s potential to tackle climate change, Alexei Levene of Innovation Experience Kerala said that the Kudumbashree model was one that could be emulated by the world.

“Legislators should work to promote innovative concepts,’’ he said. ‘’For example, the possibility of setting up floating solar panels on the exposed area on the Idukki dam can be explored,’’ he said.  M V Shreyams Kumar MLA, member of the Environment committee of Assembly, also spoke at the function. He emphasised the need to strengthen public transport in the state, which was witnessing a increasingly high density of private vehicles on the roads.

Courtesy: The New Indian Express