April 4, 2017
Recent press reports indicate some very welcome trends in cleaning up the cooking fuel being used.
February 9, 2017
Now that the Paris Agreement on climate change has been ratified, India must plan on making good on its Nation...
This policy brief assesses the decisions taken at Kigali and its long-term implications for India. It highlights the key challenges which India may face to fulfil its commitments under the Kigali Amendment.
The year that was - Our work in the clean energy space in India. Browse through this report for an overview of our activities and results.
India must progress its climate actions in harmony with achieving its development priorities. A wide spectrum of policy choices are available, however, their institutional, financial and technical implications as well as trade-offs and co-benefits need to be thoroughly evaluated and understood so that policymakers are able take informed decisions.
At Kigali, India displayed leadership and flexibility by announcing several important measures to phase down HFCs. Given this important development, Shakti is supporting several efforts to enable a more informed policy discourse on this transition.
Shakti supports efforts to promote cleaner technologies by brick makers and to enhance the market penetration of cleaner and resource efficient building materials.
India is making a big push for solar energy, with power capacity expected to double this year. But some of the gains, especially in north India, could be offset by a growing problem: air pollution. A new study, the first of its kind in India and one of a handful globally, has found that dust and particulate matter (PM) may be reducing the energy yield of solar power systems in north India by 17%-25 % annually.>>
Forward-looking businesses are realizing huge cost savings by investing in energy efficiency measures and switching to renewable energy—as well as being able to make and meet ever more ambitious greenhouse gas commitments.>>
India added 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal, taking the total from this clean source to 12,288 MW. Among states, Andhra Pradesh tops the chart with largest cumulative solar generation capacity of 1,867 MW as on March 31, 2017 followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu at 1,812 MW and 1,691 MW respectively.>>
Globally, governments are trying to ginger up today’s moribund carbon markets, by fixing floor prices for carbon and mandating purchase. On its part, the World Bank will soon start the ‘Transformative Carbon Asset Facility’, which will essentially pay for emission cuts. The 10 GW of saving achieved by India in 2016-17 is but just a pinch. A whole new industry is opening up.>>
The world added a record 138.5 gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23 percent drop in investment. The new energy -- mainly from wind and solar installations, but not including large hydro projects -- was up eight percent from the previous year, on global investment of USD 242 billion (227 billion euros).>>
India added a record wind power capacity of 5,400 MW in 2016-17, much more than the target of 4,000 MW it had set itself for the year, according to official data. India’s renewable energy programme has accelerated rapidly in the past three years, starting with successful auctions of solar energy projects.>>
It is within our power to see that all Indians are able to breathe clean air. What is necessary is the political will to wield existing legal authority, and to pursue that aim with sufficient determination.>>
The extreme weather patterns are continuing in 2017 with powerful Atlantic storms driving an influx of warm, moist air, says World Meteorological Organisation.>>
India is in electrification overdrive, with about 30,000 new electricity connections being granted every week. State-run Rural Electrification Corporation is targeting to scale up the drive to grant 100,000 connections every week. India has never seen electrification at such large scale earlier, and neither have details been made available on electrification at household level.>>
The government has cut 23 million tonnes carbon dioxide emission by the use of energy efficient LED bulbs and has saved 28,588 million units of energy.>>