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
  • Policy research

    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.>>

  • 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 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
  • Indian Railways launches first solar-powered DEMU train

    Indian Railways today launched first solar-powered DEMU (diesel electrical multiple unit) train from the Safdarjung railway station in Delhi. The train is equipped with solar panel roofs. Solar power will help in maintaining the lights and fans inside the train.>>

    The Economic Times |  14 Jul 2017
    India emerging as front-runner in fight against climate change: World Bank

    "With a sweeping commitment to solar power, innovative solutions and energy efficiency initiatives to supply its people with 24x7 electricity by 2030, India is emerging as a front runner in the global fight against climate change," the World Bank said in a news report recently. >>

    The Economic Times |  08 Jul 2017
  • BMTC is on road to recovery as government waives Rs 120-cr Tax

    The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has been exempted from paying the motor vehicle tax this year by the state government. The transport utility shares 5.5% of its revenue with the state government towards motor vehicle tax, which puts the figure at around `120 crore a year.>>

    The Economic Times |  05 Jul 2017
    Climate change may lead to 2 billion refugees by 2100: Study

    One-fifth of the world's population - about two billion people - could become climate change refugees by the year 2100 due to rising ocean levels, a study warns.Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, researchers said. >>

    The Economic Times |  27 Jun 2017
  • Government announces 30 smart cities, Thiruvanathapuram tops list

    Another list of 30 cites for development as smart cities was announced recently taking the total cities picked up so far to 90 under the Smart City Mission. Kerala capital Thiruvanathapuram topped the list, Chhattisgarh's new capital Naya Raipur came second.>>

    The Economic Times |  23 Jun 2017
    India may become 2-4 degrees Celsius warmer, but heat deaths are preventable

    Scientists who studied India's 2015 heat wave that claimed 2,500 lives concluded that the region was likely to see intense heatwaves once in every 10 years, instead of once in every 100 years. >>

    The Economic Times |  22 Jun 2017

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