F20 Platform: Foundations link up to act on climate change
July 25, 2017
The F20 Foundations Platform is an alliance of over 40 foundations that have joined forces in order to further shape the political discourse on future sustainability measures. At the July 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg, the Platform called for common and transnational action towards a zero-carbon economy and the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Further, the Foundations Platform aims to highlight the strong role civil society is playing in this transformation. Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Shakti) is a member of the F20 Platform Steering Group. Continue Reading>>
Shakti’s engagement at the “Connect Karo 2017″
May 15, 2017
Shakti is engaging with the ‘Bus Karo’ initiative led by WRI India, which aims to facilitate a peer-to-peer network to encourage shared learning between city bus agencies in India. WRI hosted Connect Karo 2017, part of a global series of events focused on sustainable urban development. 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.
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>>
Improving City Bus Systems in India
December 21, 2016
An efficient public transport system is a key pre-requisite for the sustained development of a city. It helps citizens to meet their travel needs in an economical, safe and energy efficient manner. However, cities in India have not invested adequately in developing good quality public transport systems. Only 63 of the 458 Indian cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants have a formal city bus system. 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>>
Demand Side Management
April 1, 2016
With rapid population increase, India’s electricity demand has also multiplied manifold. This energy challenge can be addressed by strengthening the supply side infrastructure as well as Demand Side Management (DSM).
In this special article featuring in the Journal of Governance (Page 21), Krishan Dhawan (CEO, Shakti) , Deepak Gupta & Vrinda Sarda (Power team, Shakti) highlight DSM as a potential resource to alter electricity consumption through load reduction and load management techniques.