As with other emerging economies, India faces the dual challenge of reconciling its rapid economic growth with a pressing need to address climate change. In response to this, India has invested considerably in domestic and international action to address climate change. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) committed to under the Paris agreement affirm India’s commitment to a low-carbon pathway for development. The NDCs set a clear signal for clean energy in reducing the emissions intensity of the Indian economy, and recognize the importance of aggressively restoring forest cover.
Shakti’s climate policy programme supports several efforts to transition India towards a low carbon pathway. We work to strengthen GHG management capacities and facilitate access to finance from appropriate climate funding sources. We invest in efforts to make air quality management processes more robust and effective. Our work in the brick kiln sector promotes cleaner and more efficient building materials. We foster sustained dialogue and engagement at the local and national levels on climate and energy issues. These and other initiatives supported by us are aimed at catalysing policy solutions that mitigate climate change.
Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
Short lived climate pollutants are greenhouse pollutants with a high global warming potential and include hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), black carbon, methane and nitrous oxide…
Pursuing a low carbon development pathway provides a growth paradigm that will enable India to achieve its development aspirations while responding to the threat of climate change…
Deteriorating air quality due to the release of hazardous pollutants from multiple sources is a growing challenge. Most Indian cities report poor levels of air quality, threatening…
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Governments at the sub-national level in India have developed and implemented instruments and policy measures to finance their climate actions. Shakti has enabled research activities that are designed to assess and improve the performance of these measures.
To help inform the domestic actions on climate change, Shakti launched a briefing paper series to provide an up-to-date account and analysis of India’s efforts to fight against global climate change. The goal of this series is to promote informed discussion and debate on important developments that are likely to shape climate policy in India.
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.
Shakti facilitated the installation of low-cost air quality monitors in 10 cities under ‘Breathe’, an independent air quality monitoring network which provides real time measurements on air quality. By bringing this data to the forefront, Shakti aims to address the information gap that exists regarding air quality in our cities. This...Read more
Shakti is enabling technical assistance to the Government of Bihar as well as brick makers and entrepreneurs in Bihar to support the adoption of cleaner and more efficient brick making technologies as well as resource efficient building materials like fly ash bricks. Brick makers are being assisted to comply with the recent order of the Bihar...Read more