Greenhouse gases emission through transport, domestic and commercial sectors in Goa’s capital is three times more than the national average, revealed a study.
The study, which is a part of Smart City Development Mission, was released in Panaji on Thursday by Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP).
According to the study, transport, domestic and commercial sectors are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
The total GHG emission in 2013-14 in Panaji city stood at 144,599 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), with transport sector contributing 38.3 per cent followed by commercial and institutional sector which is 30.6 per cent and the residential 25.1 per cent, it said.
CCP Commissioner Deepak Dessai told reporters that the transport, domestic and commercial sectors produce GHGs emission, which is almost three times more than the national average.
Dessai said waste contributed to around 5.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emission.
The study has come up with recommendations cum measures on fronts like transport, renewable measures, energy saving, waste, water resources and others for the city build upon its priorities.
The measures include usage of solar water heaters, solar power lighting, solar PV power, low energy LED, Public Bicycle Share, pedestrian network, 100 per cent water connectivity etc.
The study was done under a voluntary project ‘Urban Low Emission Development Strategies’, an European Commission funded project. CCP had inked an MoU with ICLEI–South Asia, a leading association of more than 1,000 metropolises, cities, urban regions and towns, for the project.
Panaji is among 33 cities selected for development under Smart City Mission by the Centre.