Need to revive the Council of States to tackle environmental problems, says Palanivel Thiaga Rajan

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“It’s not just about states being able to learn from each other, but it’s about moving forward at the pace we need to.”

“It’s not just about states being able to learn from each other, but it’s about moving forward at the pace we need to.”

State Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan on Thursday called for reviving the Council of States to discuss various dimensions including environmental issues, learn from each other and share best practices.

Speaking during a session on “Subnational Leadership for Inclusive Green Growth” at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Global Sustainable Development Summit, he said more action were needed at the subnational level to achieve climate-related goals.

“While we certainly need national policies on things like electric vehicles or cross-border trade tied to some incentive for green products, services or assets, the bulk of the work needs to be done at the state, district and local bodies,” Mr. Rajan said.

“The diversity between the development of states and their needs is great. It’s not just about states being able to learn from each other, but it’s about moving forward at the pace we need,” Mr. Rajan said.

“Political parties come to power and leave. There must be an apolitical organization [Council of States] as provided for in the Constitution. Policies must be localized, personalized and implemented in each village. It needs an integrated community approach rather than being pushed by someone,” he said.

Mr Rajan said Tamil Nadu is now focusing on using reverse hydropower for storage at a time when it has excess wind and solar power. He also reiterated that while India aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2070, Tamil Nadu being the most urbanized state should achieve it by 2050.

The Minister pointed out that inequality is lower in Tamil Nadu compared to other states, per capita consumption is high and one of the challenges is the huge amount of waste generated and how to manage it.

The state is exploring innovative options such as waste-to-energy generation and sewage treatment plants, he added. Tamil Nadu is also considering harnessing offshore wind and wave power and is in talks with global pioneers, Mr Rajan said.

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