Project Screening Filter

India hosts more than 1,300 CDM projects, more than 90% of which have completed registration. In a vast country, such a number of potential screening objects makes it a challenge of its own to identify suitable projects for an article-based analysis. But filtering is no magic, and limitations in time and funding provide feasible criteria: As I will be based in New Delhi I will limit my efforts to the province of Rajasthan, where only around 150 projects are located. Excluding wind power, which is of little interest to Europeans used to the sight of vertical elements spicing up their mostly horizontal landscapes, further reduces the list; the same goes for photovoltaic cells, instances of which Europeans can regard and contemplate in any neighbourhood inhabited by the upper middle-class.

The smallest project left–in terms of GHG reduction–is a Swiss-made replacement of two diesel-fueled engines to gas-fueled engines in Kota. The largest project on the list is carried out under the auspices of an Indian cement works which has replaced fossil fuels by biomass (which is assumed to have extracted the carbon content later released in the course of burning from the atmosphere as it grew); it is situated in Jaykaypuram, Sirohi. A British project to increase lighting efficiency in Jaipur City adds consumption-based emission reduction to fuel switching. The supposedly most sustainable project is afforestation in Sirsa, Haryana.

Having identified these projects as potential screening objects, the next step is to contact the project managers, and to ask them for information and permission to take pictures.

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