Climate Policy

India has recognised the threat of climate change and the need for transition to a low carbon economy. However, the cost involved in this transition gives rise to a range of opinions among stakeholders. A well informed dialogue between all stakeholders will help India move towards a sound development path that maintains a fine balance between growth and climate priorities.

To achieve this, the Climate Policy Programme supports low-carbon growth planning at the national and state levels through the preparation of cost curves and analytic tools that build the case for prioritising low carbon initiatives and enable better utilisation of resources available for transitioning the Indian economy to a low carbon growth path. The climate policy programme also supports implementation of key low-carbon growth initiatives, such as modernisation of the Indian brick sector and adoption of cleaner building materials.

To deepen engagement of stakeholders on energy and climate change issues, the programme supports national and regional level conferences, consultations and roundtables. These bring together policymakers, Indian industry, media, climate scientists, non-governmental organisations and other thought leaders, opinion makers and stakeholders from across India to deliberate on India's energy security and climate policy agendas.

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Climate Policy - INITIATIVES
  • Diesel Price Reform

    Shakti supports policy research on the pathways to reduce the significant price differential between petrol and diesel. The disparity between the pump price of diesel and petrol has distorted the market for motor vehicles with harmful macroeconomic, environmental and climatic impacts.>>

  • Policy analysis to inform India’s position on an HFC phase down agreement

    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.>>

  • Brick kilns & resource efficient materials

    Shakti supports efforts to promote cleaner technologies by brick makers and to enhance the market penetration of cleaner and resource efficient building materials.>>

  • International climate negotiations

    A close tracking of international climate negotiations is essential to assess their implications for India. For this, Shakti supports activities to track international climate deliberations and inform decision makers on the actions that India should take to effectively deliver on its climate commitments.>>

NEWSROOM
  • India records highest-ever renewable energy generation

    India generated 10.2 Billion Units (BUs) of electricity in June from green energy sources including solar, wind, biomass and small hydro -- 26 per cent more than 8.1 BUs of renewable energy generated in the same month last year and 17 per cent more than 8.6 Bus generated in the previous month (May 2017), research and ratings agency India Ratings has said in a report.>>

    The Economic Times |  19 Sep 2017
    NGT refuses to lift ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR

    The National Green Tribunal has dismissed the Union government’s plea asking for modification in its order banning 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. The green court has noted that emission from diesel vehicles is carcinogenic in nature and one diesel vehicle causes pollution equivalent to 24 petrol vehicles or otherwise 40 CNG vehicles. >>

    Hindustan Times |  14 Sep 2017
  • Development must be climate-smart

    As the frequency of extreme weather events increases, urbanisation has to heed ecological principles. Development needs to be climate-smart, but also avoid social and institutional challenges such as moral hazard.>>

    The Hindu |  07 Sep 2017
    Combating air pollution: Delhi-NCR may get common air quality index

    The National Capital Region, often claimed to be the one of the worst polluted zones in the world, would soon get a common Air Quality Index (AQI), which would give a more accurate picture of the air quality. >>

    Hindustan Times |  03 Sep 2017
  • Street lighting programme lights up 50,000 km of roads with 3 million LEDs

    The Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) has led to the illumination of 50,000 km of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country. The installation of 30 lakh LED street lights has resulted in 39 crore kwh of annual energy savings.>>

    The Economic Times |  20 Aug 2017
    India may become 1st nation using LED for all lights by 2019

    Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that India will probably be the first country in the world to use LEDs for all lighting needs by 2019, which would help the nation save over Rs 40,000 crore a year. >>

    The Economic Times |  16 Aug 2017
  • India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol

    India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action. With this, the country has become the 80th country to accept the amendment relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty.>>

    The Economic Times |  09 Aug 2017
    There Could Be 300,000 Jobs For Indians In Solar, Wind Projects By 2022

    Over 300,000 Indians could find jobs in the wind and solar industry over the next five years if the country works towards its 2022 target of 160 GW. Currently, wind and solar together account for almost 14% of India’s installed power capacity. Over the next three years alone, the sector can generate jobs for about 80,000 Indians. >>

    IndiaSpend |  04 Aug 2017
  • Delhi Metro first to become 100 percent 'green'

    Delhi Metro has secured the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). It has become the only completely 'green' Metro system in the world for adhering to green building norms for its residential colonies.>>

    The Economic Times |  28 Jul 2017
    Working backward, a way to find out where the carbon came from

    Based on carbon dioxide concentrations at a location and wind speed, scientists trace particles back to their sources to identify whether the country is an emitter or a carbon sink. >>

    The Indian Express |  24 Jul 2017

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