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Published on : Mar 24, 2015

Already having a peculiarity of the first state in India to apply the Climate Change Action Plan, Orissa or Odisha has now have another feather to its cap as the first Indian state for successfully initiating carbon sequestration by micro-algae technology with promoting results.

This has been highly praised at an international seminar on Carbon Sequestration that held today. The micro-algae biotechnology assists in seizing the carbon from flue gas emitting of power plants significantly and garners algae biomass that can be put to industrial use further. Initiating an international seminar on Carbon Sequestration, the Chief Secretary of Odisha, Mr. G C Pati suggested that developing a network approach between the national and international laboratories to keep on further studies about several usage of algae biomass.

Mr. Pati also asked the Forest and Environment department of the Odisha to draft a policy regarding up-scale usage of the technology in power plants and use of algae biomass under the climate change action plan. The development commissioner, Mr. U N Behera stated that this technology is extremely beneficial to curb the existent rate of carbon emission to a broader extent and government will help such initiatives in all potential manners.

Showcasing the details of the pilot project, Mr. Sidhant Das, the Principal Conservator of Forests, who led the project as the member of the Odisha Pollution Control Board, stated that this project has been started and presented in the captive thermal power plant at Angul.