ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National convention for state
BJP Education Cells was held recently at BJP National Headquarters, New Delhi. Besides
the scholars in education sector, all the State’s Ministers for Education from BJP
ruled states and state BJP conveners for Education Cell through out the country
attended the convention.
On behalf of Arunachal Pradesh state BJP Lenzing Pertin, state BJP council member
from Mebo, participated in the convention and presented overall education scenario
in the state which drew appreciations for the members who expressed their desire
to visit the state and interact with the concerned authorities.
Meanwhile, the State BJP Education Cell decided to convene National seminar in October,
2011 in the state where resource persons from centre would also participate. The
party president also appointed Pertin as the state convenor of BJP education cell.
Flashflood lashes Yomcha
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The flash flood in Bome river which is meandering through the Yomcha
town has caused several damages to the properties including agricultural field in
Yomcha area, said All Yomgam Youth Association (AYYA), Yomcha in West Siang district.
The road communication between Yomcha to Akker Yomgam, Gangkak and Gamlin village
also badly affected due to collapse of log bridges and culvert followed by the torrential
rain, the Association said in a release. Apart from general public, the students
are also facing lot of communication problems and are unable to attend classes in
Govt Hr Secondary, Yomcha due to disruption in road communication, it added.
The Association appealed to the district administration and Panchayat leaders to
take stock of damages and provide adequate relief to the victims.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Papum Pare (PIA) under the ongoing project
“Conservation of Mithun and its Habitat through Community participation” organised
a two days exposure visit cum training programme to National Research centre (NRC)
Mithun, Jharnapani Nagaland recently.
A team of 10 Mithun farmers of Midpu, Mani and Chiputa villages of Papum Pare District
led by participated in the programme.
The farmers were taken to the NRC Mithun Farm where they were trained on scientific
rearing of Mithun and different strains of Mithun found in four states of Arunachal
Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur were exhibited to the participants. The farmers
team also visited Pig Breeding farm, Poultry farm, Rabbit farm and various water
harvesting structures of ICAR Complex, Nagaland.
Dr. C. Rajkhowa Director, NRC Mithun interacted with the participants followed by
PowerPoint presentation by Dr. S. Mukherjee, Senior Scientist (Animal Genetics) and
Dr. K.C Das Senior Scientist (Animal Nutrition) of NRC Mithun Nagaland.
The two days programme was undertaken with the initiatives from Sir Ratan Tata Trust
Festival of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong has decided to celebrate “all
tribes festival of Arunachal Pradesh cum-social fresher’s meet” with six days programme
from Sept 6. The festival aims at promoting brotherhood, unity and integrity among
all Aruanchalees residing in Shillong.
Besides the students and Arunachalee people residing in Shillong, many ministers,
MLAs, student leaders and well wishers from Arunachal Pradesh are expected to take
part in it.
Handover capital road to BRTF: Forum
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum (APCF) appealed to the state Govt
to hand over the NH52-A road to BRTF for proper maintenance within 15 days.
Expressing displeasure over the performance of PWD in road maintenance, the Forum
alleged that the people of the Capital Complex have been facing great difficulties
due to low quality of works being maintained by the department concerned. It appealed
to the Govt to hand over the national highway to BRTF for quality works immediately.
The forum threatened to agitate if its demand is not fulfilled.
Admission fees: Meanwhile, APCF expressed concern over the higher admission fees
being charged by various private colleges from the poor students of the state. It
decided to visit private colleges in this regard.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The United Siang Progressive Alliance (USPA), which has been voicing
against the eviction drive at Pasighat town, has vehemently opposed the August Nine
bandh call by All Bogong Student Union.
Describing the proposed bandh call as illegal, illogical and an attempt to pressurize
the authority to continue the eviction drive, USPA in a release demanded the district
administration as well as police to impose strict law and take stern action against
the bandh callers since the Supreme Court in a judgment has declared any kind of
bandh call as illegal.
USPA in its meeting yesterday further resolved to take counter measures such as road
and economic blockade if the proposed bandh call is not withdrawn.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Olom Nopi and Dungge Apang have been appointed as the new president
and general secretary of Upper Siang Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association
Joram Tayam and Khoda Gambo have been selected as president and general secretary
of the Arunachal Pradesh Government Colleges Miscellaneous Teachers Forum.
RinchinTashi Bachung and Kishor Mosbu have been selected as new president and general
of All Bugun (Khowa) Students’ Union in its 3rd general conference cum election/selection
held at Sinchung in West Kameng district recently.
Administration warns against illegal earth cutting
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 7: Bemoaning the recent rain-triggered devastation in the Capital
Complex, mostly caused by man-made reasons, Capital Complex deputy commissioner Bokar
Basar today reiterated the administration’s warning against illegal earth cutting.
Despite the issuing of executing orders twice, banning such activities, people are
resorting to such activities causing irreparable damages to various infrastructures,
including roads and government buildings, and posing a threat to lives, Basar said
in a statement.
Diversion of the stream between Model and Leki villages by contractor Techi Tama
for the construction of a private building led to complete erosion of the stretch
of NH-52A on August 5. The district magistrate has asked Tama to show cause why legal
action should not be initiated against him and expenditure for the restoration borne
by him, the DC informed.
Those violating the ban order would face legal action too, he said, and urged the
public to cooperate with the administration in the restoration work being undertaken
by the public works department (PWD) on a war footing.
The July 19 order, to be effective till further order, had also directed people who
are living without authorization in OBT/SPT/RCC houses constructed on river beds,
streams and sides of hillocks without adequate protection to vacate the areas and
shift to safer spots. The administration will not be responsible for loss of life
and property in unauthorized settlements, it said.
Poor healthcare threatens endangered wildlife
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: A new study shows that limited access to healthcare is not just
a problem for those living in remote areas of India. It is a threat to India’s endangered
wildlife as well.
A team of wildlife scientists and doctors led by Nandini Velho, a doctoral student
at James Cook University in Australia and research associate at National Centre for
Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, has been working in Pakke Tiger Reserve in
Arunachal Pradesh. They recently found that management of the reserve was severely
affected by the number of malaria cases among its staff.
“Prevention is indeed better than cure”, said Velho. “Not only is it cheaper and
often easier to implement, it also means that fewer families will suffer from disease
Many of India's national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are in remote and rugged
areas, where disease is a major problem for people. The National Rural Health Mission
has been in place from 2005 and seeks to improve healthcare access and quality for
people in rural areas. Yet rugged terrain, institutional apathy and corruption combine
to limit access to decent medical attention.
“Malaria is a huge problem in northeast India, with more than five out of every thousand
people infected annually,” said Dr. Umesh Srinivasan, a medical doctor and wildlife
biologist from NCBS on the research team. “Contrast this with less than two per thousand
in the rest of the country. Even worse, malaria in the northeast is resistant to
most antimalarial drugs.”
The team, which also includes scientists from the Institute of Public Health in Bangalore,
found that over 70 per cent of the 144 forest staff of Pakke Tiger Reserve suffered
from malaria over a four-year period. Malaria made many of the guards too sick to
carry out their duties which led to an increase in wildlife poaching in the park.
“It’s a serious and deadly problem,” said William Laurance, a professor at James
Cook University. “In a sense, malaria is not just sickening and killing people. It
is killing wildlife as well—including endangered species such as the tiger.”
“A key concern is that there are hardly any government medical facilities in the
area,” said co-author Dr. Prashanth N.S. a public health specialist. “This means
the forest department has to spend almost 3% of its annual budget for the treatment
of staff suffering from malaria—even though the health system is supposed to provide
free malaria treatment for everyone.”
“Many other Indian parks are imperilled by disease as well,” said Laurance. “Malaria
is a serious problem in tiger reserves such as Namdapha and Dampa. It’s also prevalent
in parts of eastern India, all along the foothills of the Himalayas, and in at least
a dozen other tiger reserves across India.” These findings show that, although the
mandates of the forest and health departments are different, running wildlife sanctuaries
effectively will require both departments to integrate well.
During this study Velho, with the help of Kedar Bhide from Sumitomo Chemicals, a
Mumbai company, distributed insecticide-treated mosquito nets to all forest watchers
in anti-poaching camps in Pakke Reserve. As a result, the malaria infection rate
dropped ten-fold over the past year.
“This is surely good news,” said Velho. “But for these gains to continue, the institutions
responsible must step up and take responsibility. It doesn’t take much—just simple
mosquito nets can make a huge difference.”
“Measures like this will ensure the forest watchers are safe and the wildlife they
protect can sleep in peace,” said Velho.
Goel’s name cleared as CJ of Gauhati HC
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Punjab and Haryana high court acting chief justice Adarsh Kumar
Goel has given his consent to the Supreme Court collegium for elevation to the post
of chief justice of the Guahati high court. It is learnt that the Supreme Court collegium,
consisting of five senior most judges headed by the chief justice of India, has already
cleared justice Goel’s name for elevation as chief justice.
Being the senior most judge in the high court, justice Goel has been functioning
as the acting chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court for sometime. According
to the senior officials of the high court, elevation orders of justice Goel are expected
very soon and in case before his departure chief justice Ranjan Gogoi doesn’t join
back, justice MM Kumar is likely to officiate as acting chief justice being the next
in the seniority list.
Presently, chief justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur is heading the Guahati high court which
has its jurisdiction over seven sister states of north-east India namely Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
As per information since chief justice Lokur is due to retire on December 31, 2015,
justice Goel may be transferred to the Guahati high court as first puisne judge (associate
judge) and after some time would take over as the chief justice. There is also speculation
that chief justice Lokur may be transferred to some other high court or elevated
to the Supreme Court.
Many high profile cases which is of interest for people Arunachal including the
infamous PDS scandal is currently undergoing trial in Gauhati high court.
Mass vaccination cum animal health camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Mass vaccination cum animal health camps were organized at Midpu,
Mani and Chiputa villages under Doimukh circle with active community participation
on August five last.
Around 70 animals, including Mithun and other livestock were vaccinated to prevent
the outbreak of diseases such as FMD, HS & BQ which is prevalent in the area. The
medicines were also distributed to the livestock owners of the village. The required
vaccines and medicines were provided by the Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary,
A team of veterinary expert led by Dr. Z. Lekhro from National Research Center on
Mithun, Jharnapani, Nagaland also participated in the vaccination programme.
Further, the programme was assisted by Field Staff of District Veterinary Office,
The Livestock owners of the area expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the organizer
of the camp and requested to conduct such programme in future. The programme was
organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum-Pare in collaboration with SRTT/NRTT under
the project ‘Conservation of Mithun and its Habitat through community Participation’.
The overall programme was executed by Dr. Nabam Gama, Farm manager, KVK Papum Pare
& Dr. Atol Bengia, Supervisor, KVK- NRTT Project.
BCVP resolves to seek developmental assistance
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The newly formed Bokar Chetriya Vikash Parishad (BCVP) during its
first ever general meeting held at Aalo, West Siang district recently has decided
to submit a proposal to all the executing agencies of various projects such as hydro
power, mining etc being implemented soon in all Bokar dominated areas, extending
from Hiro to Tadadege, under Monigong circle of Mechukha Sub-Division for grant of
4 per cent special developmental assistance for area development in the line of Kumoan
Vikash Mandal (KVM), Uttrakhand.
Stating that eventhough lots of progress were being made in other parts of the State
in developmental front the Bokar area particularly from Hiro to Tadadege were in
underdevelopment stage, BCVP chairman T Vijay Samyor felt that the area would be
developed if the executing agencies of various organizations extend atleast 4 per
cent developmental assistance to the people of the area.
While expressing grave concern over lack of developments in various fields such as
education, socio-economic development etc in the area, BCVP members also decided
to request the State Govt to give Other Backward Class (OBC) status to the people
of area keeping in view the present scenario of the area.
PWC restores road link on self-help basis
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Pachin Welfare Committee organized a two days public social
service and successfully restored road link in Pachin area this evening. Several
sectors in the colony including Govt. Secondary School, Pachin and Abotani Vidya
Niketan Secondary School remained cut off for last few days due to recent devastating
rain which washed away the roads in many areas.
Besides the general public, students of Abotani Vidya Niketan along with its staffs
actively participated in the road restoration works. The Social Service also cleared
debris caused out of the landslides and soil erosions on the NH to Pachin road during
the recent rains. Meanwhile, the Committee in its public meeting has questioned
the step-motherly attitude of the state Govt towards the problems being faced by
the people of Pachin colony. The Committee demanded the Govt to start NH to Pachin
link road maintenance works immediately.
The much hyped M/s Subhash Drinking water project at Pachin river, particularly its
run-off (weir) concrete structures erected on the river between D-Sector and Pachin
Colony poses a great threat by submerging large areas at the Pachin river bank at
the vicinity of the project site, the committee said.
The Committee demanded the state Govt to depute special team to assess the calamity
damages caused in the area and ensure special financial package for restoration works.
The Welfare Committee extended its deep sense of gratitude and thanks to Er. Tadar
Mangku, EE, PHED, Tai Tagak, Chairman, Abotani Vidya Niketan School for their cooperation
and voluntary support with man and materials.
Society calls for early restoration of road link
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Passa Valley Development and Welfare Society (PVDWS) today demanded
early restoration of road between Seppa to Pakke-Kessang on Seppa-¬Rillo-Sagalee-Itanagar
road. The Society said that the Passa Valley remains cut off from rest of the state
since July 18 due to washing away of formation level of road in various places.Blaming
the Chief Engineer, National Highway, PWD for delay in clearing the road blockade
“on the pretext of shortage of manpower and machineries” the Society said delay
in restoration of road caused great hardship to the people of Passa valley in particular
and East Kameng district as a whole. It resented in spite of Govt directive the authorities
did not take action for clearance of road blockade till date.
The Society further sought the intervention of the Chief Minister in this regard
and requested him for adequate allocation of fund to the newly created Highway department
which is now undertaking need based maintenance and repair of road damaged by heavy
spell of rain since July 18-19 in East Kameng district.
Crab mentality and traffic woes in Itanagar
As school students we were taught “crab mentality” means an attitude of a person
"if I can't have it, neither can you." Later I realised that “crab mentality” is
actually a metaphor that refers to a pot of crabs in which one tries to escape over
the side, but is relentlessly pulled down by the others in the pot. We face many
such similar situations in our day today life.
The other day, when I was on my way to office from Itanagar to Naharlagun, I also
faced such situation. There were number of landslides in between Itanagar-Naharlagun
NH 52A after heavy downpour in the previous night. There was huge debris on the road
near Dree Ground due to landslides. A bulldozer which was pressed into operation
could manage to clear a little passage good enough for passing of one vehicle. Police
regulated the traffic at block point where either side of the traffic coming from
Itanagar or Naharlagun was stopped at a point so that vehicles coming from opposite
direction could cross the block point. As the traffic was slowed down, there was
a long queue of vehicles on both sides of the block point.
When the queue of vehicles became longer for the impatient (crab mentality) peoples
to wait, immediately some vehicles at the end of the queue start to jump the queue
and reached the block point which was followed by many more such impatient (crab
mentality) drivers creating one more new queue on both sides of the block point.
Result was there to see. No vehicle could move further resulting in a mammoth traffic
jam. Within a few minutes the scene appears as if all the vehicles in the Capital
Complex have gathered there for a kind of exhibition. Desperately caught in jam for
about two hours I shouted at one of the drivers who break the line, in Arunachali
hindi, “kyu line mei nahi ateh ho, line mai aoge to 10 -15 minute late honge, aur
abhi deko do ghante se ham yaha hain, na tum nikal sakte ho na ham.” (Why you people
don’t come in line, if you follow the line hardly you will be late for 15-20 minutes,
now you see we are stuck here for the last two hours and neither I can go nor you).
The driver shouted back immediately “mujhe akele ko kyu bolte ho, sabhi aise a rahe
hain, sab ko bolo”. (Why telling me alone, everybody is coming like that, tell every
one). When I was about to shout back at the driver there came one policeman blowing
his whistle to highest of its pitch though apparently there was no effect on anybody.
I asked the policeman, “bhai sahab, aap log line todne walo ko action kyu nahi lete”.
(Why don’t you take action against those who break the line). The policeman said,
“kya kare, hum bolne se sab hamko hi ulta gussa karte hain” (What to do, if I tell
them, they scold us instead). Literal application of “Ulta chor kotwal ko dateh”.
In that two hours of ordeal another interesting thing I had noticed was, when sane
people were folding the rear view mirror on the right side of the driver to adjust
space in the traffic, there was one gentleman who left entire front right side door
open creating more congestion in the already congested space. But no body dare to
say anything. People prefer to stop their vehicle in the middle and wait rather than
saying anything to the person who left his car door open. I was terribly upset and
pondering why people behave like that. Having no appropriate answer finally I consoled
myself reminding the words of my law professor who used to say jokingly, “if people
don’t break the law, lawyers will be jobless”.
It’s a bitter truth that everyone of us has a little bit of “crab mentality” inside
us. Some of us control it while many people give it a free hands thereby creating
problem for self and others equally. Experience of traffic jam during landslides
and road maintenance is very common for everyone of us in the capital complex. Every
time we conveniently blame the government for the whole mess. We never realise that
it’s largely because of our “crab mentality” that we are inviting more such troubles.
It is high time to get ourselves out of such “crab mentality” and live in peace.
(The writer is a Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, Naharlagun.)
SE inaugurates Singchung sports meet
BOMDILA, Aug 7: The first ever Sports Meet sponsored under Panchayat Yuva Krida aur
Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA) at Singchung Sub-Division in the district began this morning.
The sports meet is being conducted to create awareness on the importance and relevance
of sports and to tap and mould the talents of the youngsters in the right direction.
Inaugurating the sports meet, Superintending Engineer (RWD) Rupa Circle, Er. Hibu
Tama, underscoring the importance of Games & Sports, urged the players to excel in
their chosen field of activity. Besides 5 per cent reservation as sports quota, incentives
in the form of cash awards by the Central, State and North-East Council (NEC), lucrative
placements are being made in private and other institutions for players of national
and international repute, he said. But as far as this sports meet is concerned, preference
and priority should be given to participation, as participation paves the way for
competition and excellence, he added.
Earlier, Circle Officer Rajiv Chiduni urging the players to maintain the sportsmanship
spirit said that the youths have been provided with the right platform to channelize
their energy and spirit towards a positive growth with conduct of this tournament.
The 8-days Sports meet includes various indoor games and the VolleyBall competition.
The events would be held at the newly constructed Outdoor Stadium executed by the
Rural Works Department at an estimated cost of 1.30 crores which was funded by the
Directorate of Sports & Youths Affairs.
The Finals of the Volley Ball would be played on August 15 to commemorate the Independence
Among others, ADC S T Khampa, ex-minister Naresh Glow and the Zilla Parishad Members
of Singchung were present on the occasion. DIPRO
Federation for early renovation of roads
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Arunachal Youth Federation (AYF) has appealed to the state Govt
to take immediate steps for renovation of capital road and early completion of state
Assembly and secretariat buildings.
The Federation further said the ministers and VIPs who are staying at Delhi instead
of discharging their duties at the hours of need should resign on moral ground.
Denouncing the bandh culture, the Federation also requested the state Govt to act
tough against bandh which adds injury to already suffering denizens of the capital
Meanwhile, All Capital Complex Citizen Tribal Right Forum (ACCCTRF) has criticized
the PWD and UD department including its minister for alleged failure to chalk out
plan for maintenance of roads, highways in state capital in particular and the state
as a whole. The roads in the capital complex are going from bad to worse and public
are fed up with present condition of road, the Forum claimed and said that the concern
minister should resign on moral ground.
The Forum also appealed to the Chief Minister to visit all the capital roads including
sector roads and take stock of the damages caused by nature’s fury.
This is in reference to the press release carried in your esteemed daily on Aug 6
and issued by a fly by night organization call United Siang Progressive Alliance
(USPA) led by one Okom Tamuk pertaining to the Eviction drive carried out by district
administration in Pasighat. The content of the press communiqué as claimed by the
USPA in the concluding paragraph reads; “meanwhile, the Anti Eviction drives meeting
held yesterday at Pasighat ended with no resolution following disruption of the meeting
by some anti-social elements, USPA claimed. However, the 20 Banggos attended in the
meeting opposed the eviction drive accepting Bogong Banggo, it further claimed”.
As the Bogong Banggo name has been dragged in the news paper by USPA. It’s pertinent
on our part to tell our side of story. The statement given by Tamuk shows its total
disregard for the traditional kebang system prevalent in our society. The news item
is full of misleading information carried with deceit and utter lie. All the content
is made out of his sheer imagination and cooked up by him to misguide the common
public which he is quite adept at doing as observe on many a occasion. The fact is
that the meeting organized by the people evicted from 1st phase drive at Pasighat,
Solung ground, on 4th August 2011, under the chairmanship of Tapun Tarang with Advocate
Vijay Taram and Aku Borang in the Drafting Panel ended in a positive note. The
representative from all the Banggos of East Siang District participated in the deliberation
and contrary to expectation of the meeting organizers endorsed for total eviction
drive in the district head quarter irrespective of status, political affiliation.
Every one agreed that the land donated by Bogong Banggo should be used for general
Tamuk needs to introspect before terming someone as an “Anti Social Element”. We
can understand his desperation and the latest Drama enacted by him is not void of
reasons. Being the highest land grabber of Pasighat, (he is illegally occupying the
whole agricultural demonstration field of GTC, Government land at high region area
near boys nursing hostel, vast area at Upper Banskota near Govt High Secondary school
Pasighat and near Govt. fishery pond). He has his vilified reason to do all these
hara-kiri. But truth will prevail and society will endure. Unlike USPA where he is
one and all and is characterized by opportunism to be used for personal motives,
our Banggo has an altogether a different history. We are a proud contributor in the
growth of Adi Society in particular and Arunachal in general. We strongly belief
his attempted act to sabotage the genuine issue in the line of community, sub tribe
and clan will never be subscribe by the greater Adi Society.
We also on our part request the government to depute a high level committee to enquire
into his land grabbing and other activities so that his real mask can be unearthed.
Further given the opportunity Bogong Banggo will not shy away from participating
in any deliberation or platform that is for the betterment of the society as a whole.
Lastly we would like to request the media fraternity to properly scrutinize any media
release lest it would make USPA like one man organization without any substance to
be paper tigers that has the potential to create mistrust among the peace loving
Tagom Jamoh, President,
Oyin Moyong, GS,
Dejir Tamuk, President,
Rokom Jamoh, GS
Its up to forest department to maintain ecology
I humbly appreciate the endeavour shown by Dr. Boni Amin Laskar in highlighting the
ancient traditional practices of preserving the wild animals by Idu-Mishmis of Dibang.
Idu Mishmi has a rich culture which can be seen in their traditional attire, the
design of clothes, houses, in the hymn of the Igu (priest) which they can chant non
stop for 3 to 4 days. Idu Mishmis have set of rules for every occasion which is in
practice since time immemorial. The seniors of the Tribe have always imparted their
knowledge and wisdom to the younger for generations. So in our area we still find
the rarest species like Mishmi takin, hollock gibbon, tigers, coptis-teeta, acrus
calamus,rubia cordiafolia,taxus baccata etc. Now it’s up to the forest and wildlife
deptt to take the initiatives to maintain the ecology by preserving the forest declared
areas which is being slowly occupied by the migrated peoples.
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Innovative tool to gauge energy consumption
Efforts to establish international standards for measuring energy use in buildings
have received a boost, after the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
decided to consider an innovative tool developed by the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) to gauge energy consumption and CO2 emissions in homes and offices
across the world.
The Common Carbon Metric (CCM) - developed by UNEP's Sustainable Buildings and Climate
Initiative - could form the basis for a new international standard for measuring
the environmental performance of existing buildings. The ISO - the world's largest
developer and publisher of international standards, covering 162 countries - will
develop relevant methods.
The Common Carbon Metric is intended to create a uniform system for defining the
climate impact of buildings through a consistent protocol, which can, in turn, help
develop international baselines for use by architects, designers and the construction
Today, the building sector is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions
with about one third of global energy use taking place in offices and homes. Moreover,
building-related CO2 emissions are set to rise from 8.6 billion tones in 2004 to
11.1 billion tones in 2020.
First launched during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, UNEP's
Common Carbon Metric measures both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions equivalent
in buildings per metre squared or per occupant over the course of one year.
After initial tests by the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative in 2010,
the Common Carbon Metric was further refined and a second phase of testing has started
recently, with preliminary results to be presented in October.
Developing new standards for buildings can help governments plan more effectively
towards achieving national targets on sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.