May 15, 2017
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May 9, 2017
Let me start with two quotes from Peter Drucker:
“It is management’s public responsibility to make what...
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.
Already accounting for 9% of India's total installed energy capacity, wind power looks to add another 6GW this year, an unprecedented expansion that will help the country overshoot its Paris climate pact commitment.>>
The first electric taxi fleet in the country is going to be launched in Nagpur from the 26th of May 2017. With India's pledge to go all electric by 2030, this is a good way to get things rolling. Nagpur will be the first city in the country to adopt electric cabs and the success of this project will determine its applicability in other cities.>>
Operational performance of state power distribution companies has improved with a decline in commercial losses of electricity and marginally better coverage of costs in fiscal 2016, a report by the Power Finance Corp (PFC) said.>>
Indian Railways will soon come under emission standards, with the Engine Development Directorate of the Research Designs and Standards Organisation drawing up the draft norms for diesel locos. The emission burden from the transport sector as a whole has risen 3.5 times since 1990 to stand at 250 million tonne CO2, or 13.5 per cent of the total emissions in 2013.>>
Investing in renewables brings environmental benefits like reduced pollution while creating employment opportunities as well. Therefore, renewable energy has the potential to solve the energy trilemma of ensuring energy security, energy access and sustainability.>>
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).>>