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Blue Sky Thinking

November 17, 2017 Before we despair at ever seeing blue skies above Delhi by fixing its awful air quality, we must remember that such situations have prevailed in other major cities like London and Los Angeles and have been tackled successfully. This did not happen overnight but took several years working to a thought out comprehensive plan. Continue Reading>>

Urban Renewal – or not

October 24, 2017 During the British Raj, military cantonments were established across the country. For space availability and strategic reasons, these were originally established at some distance from urban centres. There are presently 62 notified Military Cantonments in India occupying an area of 157,000 acres (such as Delhi, Ambala, Agra etc.) There are also another 44 non-notified cantonments (Mumbai, Bangalore etc.). Similarly, there are areas controlled by the Air Force and Navy. Continue Reading>>

Businesses commit to climate action

September 4, 2017 Shakti was a core partner of the 2017 Business and Climate Summit, the annual gathering of leading global businesses and policy makers on climate action, held on August 31st-Sept 1st, 2017 in New Delhi. Hosted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the summit showcased business leadership in addressing climate change and highlighted how business and governments can work together to achieve climate objectives. Continue Reading>>

The auto industry and the public good

May 9, 2017 The Supreme Court said it well, health before profit. Not everybody in the auto industry operated on that basis. BS-IV fuel for 13 metro cities was introduced as far back as April 2010. Two years ago, notice was given on the need to move to the cleaner and lower emission engine and fuel standards prescribed by BS IV on a nationwide basis. It is notable how different sections of the auto industry responded to the deadline. Continue Reading>>

The cleaning of the cook stove

April 4, 2017 Recent press reports indicate some very welcome trends in cleaning up the cooking fuel being used. State run oil companies have reported signing up 30 million cooking gas consumers in 2016-17, with 2/3 of them from poorer families. In the last 3 years, the number active LPG consumers have gone up by 58 million from 140 million in 2014 to 198 million in 2017. This means that 71% of Indian households now have access to clean cooking gas. Continue Reading>>

Staying on track from Paris: Meeting India’s climate and energy goals

February 9, 2017 This paper provides an overview of India’s approach to climate action, its polices, as well as the landscape of challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Continue Reading>>

Leading a shift in the narrative on clean energy access in India

November 28, 2016 The last few years have seen rapid growth in India’s decentralized renewable energy (DRE) sector with the development of various innovative technical solutions and models. Off-grid solutions have evolved with the falling cost of renewable energy based power and enhanced awareness levels of end-users. Continue Reading>>

Agreement reached for HFC phasedown at Kigali

October 20, 2016 India submitted an amendment proposal for phasing down the use of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol at the thirty-fifth Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 35) in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2015. This submission was the first time that India indicated its willingness to agree on a HFC phase down under the auspices of the Montreal Protocol. This development in part paved the way for an amendment to be agreed in Kigali in 2016. Continue Reading>>

The Promise Of Mini Grids

September 13, 2016 In a collaborative effort, Shakti and the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) contributed an article on renewable energy-based mini grids to Smart Power India’s July 2016 newsletter. Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) is an important last- mile intervention that has immense potential to meet India’s electricity needs. DRE- based micro and mini grid solutions offer a number of technical and economic benefits- low gestation periods, reasonable size and economy, capacity to supply to domestic as well as enterprise loads, and the ability to interact with the utility grid. Continue Reading>>

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