Carbon Footprint Assessment in Indian Villages

This project aims to assess the emission and absorption patterns of common Greenhouse Gases (GHG) gases in a typical Indian village. The project will act as the first step towards understanding the carbon status of the rural settings of the country.

Project Overview

Project Description

The global pursuit of carbon neutrality represents a collective ambition to mitigate the impacts of climate change by achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gases emitted and those removed from the atmosphere. Towards this goal, it is believed that villages will emerge to play a crucial role as they follow a lifestyle conducive to carbon absorption.

This project aims to assess the emission and absorption patterns of common Greenhouse Gases (GHG) gases in a typical Indian village. The project will act as the first step towards understanding the carbon status of the rural settings of the country. The outcome of this project will help Shri A.M.M. Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC) to design improved interventions, processes and products, which are more aligned towards sustainability and carbon neutrality in village areas. Primary beneficiaries are marginalized and poor farmers of southern sections of India.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assessment and mapping of the carbon status of a village based on the common activities carried out there by calculating and tracking the activities that contribute towards carbon absorption and carbon emission.

Impact

MCRC has been working towards providing sustainable solutions, and interventions and inculcating environment-friendly practices in rural sections of Tamil Nadu state of India, for over two decades now. This project will help in comprehending the contribution towards the goal of Carbon neutrality.

By addressing carbon-related challenges at the community level, MCRC not only contributes to local well-being but also aligns with broader global and environmental objectives, making the organization a key player in sustainable development efforts. MCRC plans to Influence policies that support sustainable practices and contribute to a broader impact on environmental conservation beyond the specific project site. Understanding carbon absorption in ecosystems like forests and wetlands contributes to biodiversity conservation and overall ecosystem health, providing additional ecological benefits beyond carbon reduction.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills / Experience:

  • Required:
    • Data Analysis + Statistics
    • Research
    • Technical writing and documentation
  • Desired:
    • Experience and familiarity with carbon neutrality and carbon assessment research

Software needs:

  • N/A

Discipline:

  • Environmental engineering

Fellow location (all projects can be completed remotely):

  •  India

Time zone compatibility (when the Fellow should be available for meetings):

  • IST (UTC+05:30)

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