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About The Book:- This book reviews the policies adopted towards protection of environment, abatement of pollution, green initiative legislation in India under the purview of several Ministries & other government bodies, and the basic approaches to Environmental Policy in general adopted in various Countries in the form of Eco-tax, Subsidies, Pollution Permits, Refundable Deposits for Pollution control, Allocation of Property Rights, Government Investment Programmes etc. It also concentrates on the theoretical explanation of Sustainable Development which includes economyenvironment linkages focusing on Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change's initiatives towards Sustainable Development. The authors try to explain the feasibility of adopting Market Based Instruments (MBIs) such as ecological tax (eco tax) to regulate behaviour of individuals/firms towards environment and argues that under prevailing constitutional and legal framework in India, it can be imposed by the central government as part of Union budget (Finance Act) and also under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986., About The Author: Shri Abhay Kumar is 2004 Batch Indian Economic Service (IES) officer currently working as Deputy Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. He has completed his graduation and post graduation from Delhi University. Before joining the current Ministry, he was working in Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. Shri Surjith Karthikeyan is 2010 Batch Indian Economic Service (IES) officer currently working as Assistant Director in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. The author did his entire education till his Masters in Economics from Kerala University, got selected for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) from UGC in the year 2010 and joined part time research in the Department of Economics, University of Kerala on the Topic Coir Industry' prior to joining IES in the year 2010. His previous works include a book on “Jute Industry & Environment in Kerala” and an article on “Coir Geo-textile and Environment Sustainability”., Contents 1. APPROACHES IN ENVIRONMENT POLICY 21 (1) National Environment Policy (NEP), 2006 (i) Introduction (ii) The Principle of Economic Efficiency emphasised in NEP 2006 (iii) Use of Economic Principles in Environmental Decision-making: (iv) Action Plan emphasised in NEP, 2006 (v) Conclusion (II) The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (a) Introduction (b) The powers of Central Government to take measures to protect and improve Environment (III) The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 (N) The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977 (V) The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 (VI) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Act, 2010 (VII) Basic Approaches to Environmental Policy in general. (A) Moral Suasion (B) Regulation or Direct Control (C) Taxes (say Eco-tax) (D) Subsidies (E) Pollution Permits (F) Use of Refundable Deposits for Pollution control (G) Allocation of Property Rights (H) Government Investment Programmes 8 Environmental Policies in Indian 2. GREEN INITIATIVES BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 47 Brief review of the Green Initiatives by Government of India (A) Ministry for Environment, Forest Climate Change Key legislation (a) Environment Impact Assessment (b) Green India Mission (GIM) (c) Eco-mark Labeling Scheme in India Eco Labels available in India Popular Green Claims in India (B) Ministry of Power Key legislation (a) Standards and Labelling programme (b) Demand Side Management (c) Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) (d) Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) (e) Strengthening Institutional Capacity of State Designated Agencies (SDAs) (f) State Energy Conservation Fund (SECF) (g) Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Designated Consumers (h) Professional Certification and Accreditation (i) Manual and Codes G) School Education Programme (k) Indo-German Energy Efficiency Project (Phase-Il) (1) Energy Conservation Awards (m) Painting Competition on Energy Conservation, 2010 (n) National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) (C) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Key legislation (D) Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department of Commerce) Key legislation (E) Bureau of Energy Efficiency Key legislation (F) Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) Key legislation (G) Bureau of Indian Standards Key legislation 9 3. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA 89 (i) Sustainable Development:-Theoretical Explanation (a) Economy-Environment Linkages (b) Definition of Sustainable Development and its explanation. (c) Components of Sustainability (d) Rules of Sustainable Development (e) Realizing Sustainable Development (ii) India and Sustainable Development- MoEF & CC Initiatives (a) Vision of the Ministry for the Twelfth Plan towards realisation of Sustainable Development. (b) Recent Initiatives in addressing Pollution (c) Initiatives in addressing Climate Change. Mission Progress made so far: (d) Addressing Bio-diversity related challenges. (e) Monitorable socio-economic targets and goals in XIIth Plan. (f) India's Stand in Rio+20 Summit. (Prime Minister's remarks in the Summit) (g) Conclusion 4. ECO TAXES IN OTHER COUNTRIES 123 Introduction Eco-Tax in selected countries: (a) Norway (b)United kingdom (c) Germany (d) Sweden (e) Belgium (f) New Zealand (g) Canada (h) Denmark (i) Finland G) The Netherland (k) USA Observations 5. ECO TAXES IN INDIA Eco-Tax on Water Effluents 153 10 Environmental Policies in Indian Eco-tax on Congestion Eco-tax on emission from Plants and Industries Eco-Tax on Old Vehicles Property tax concession Waste Management and Eco Tax Eco tax on Plastics Eco-tax on IT Wastes Eco-tax on Aggregates (Sand, Gravel and Rock) Some local/State Government Initiatives Conclusion Annex: Levy of Clean Energy Cess - regarding. Bibliography 168 173

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