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The GHG Platform – India is a collective civil-society initiative providing an independent estimation and analysis of India’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across key sectors such as Energy, Waste, Industry, Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sectors. The platform includes notable institutions such as CEEW, CSTEP, ICLEI South Asia, Vasudha Foundation, and WRI India. The platform was jointly conceptualised by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and Vasudha Foundation. Vasudha foundation also acts as the Secretariat of the Platform.
The platform currently hosts national estimates for GHG emissions from 2005 to 2015 by accounting CO2, CH4 and N2O gases. The platform provides sub-national GHG emission estimates as well. The platform also undertakes relevant analytical assessments to inform policy design and evaluation. The database produced and maintained by the platform is available in the public domain to enable third-party use, which is actively encouraged.
GHG Platform India draws its inspiration from a similar civil society initiative in Brazil, the "System for Estimation of Emissions of GHG" (SEEG). It is an excellent example of South-South Cooperation, where in the India Platform has been enriched by the Brazilian experience and benefited from their technical inputs.