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Integrating Climate Action in the Existing Environmental Legislation in India

Sector:    Undertaken By: International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iFOREST)    Recent Publication: 2021

Over the past decade, about 1,100 national legislation and policies have been proposed around the world that are directly or indirectly related to climate action. In India, the discussion to enact a national climate change legislation was proposed by advocacy groups after the Paris Agreement (2015). Given the context of India’s climate and enviro...

Propelling India’s Electricity Transmission Sector

Sector:    Undertaken By: Idam Infrastructure Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd., Prayas (Initiatives in Health, Energy, Learning and Parenthood)    Recent Publication: 2021

The power sector in India is undergoing radical transformation. India has embarked upon ambitious renewable energy targets with several initiatives ( utility scale solar, wind farm projects, solar parks, hybrid RE projects with storage and rooftop solar) underway at the national and state levels. A strong and robust transmission system is key to in...

Empowering Bihar’s Health Sector With Decentralized Renewable Energy

Sector:    Undertaken By: Centre for Environment and Energy Development    Recent Publication: 2021

The impacts of COVID-19 on the health, economic, and humanitarian fronts were felt deeply all across the country. According to a survey by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), Bihar was one of the states that faced the worst impacts of the COVID-19 induced lockdown. In the wake of pandemic, more than 1.5 million migrant workers have ret...

Assessing the Feasibility of Solar applications in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Rural India

Sector:    Undertaken By: The Energy and Resource Institute    Recent Publication: 2021

Around 63.4 million unincorporated non-agricultural micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are estimated to be engaged in various economic activities in India, contributing to 29% of the total gross domestic product (GDP) and employing nearly 111 million people. Microenterprises alone constitute more than 99% of the entire MSME sector. The cent...

A Decade of India’s Solar and Wind Policies : Lessons and Way Forward

Sector:    Undertaken By: Council on Energy, Environment and Water    Recent Publication: 2021

In 2015, India announced ambitious targets for renewable energy—175 GW by 2022—one of the largest expansion initiatives in the world. Just four years later, at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019, the Prime Minister of India pledged to increase India’s renewable energy (RE) capacity to 450 GW by 2030. India’s journey to reaching t...

The Distribution Utilities Forum

Sector:    Undertaken By: The Energy and Resource Institute    Recent Publication: 2021

India has set the important goals ensuring financial sustainability of the distribution sector, providing 24X7 affordable power supply, realizing a greater share of cleaner resources and achieving universal household electrification by March 2019. Distribution Utilities will play a key role in helping India meet these goals. The Distribution Utilit...

Making India’s Electricity Sector More Sustainable – Tariff Reforms, Industry Involvement and Innovative Business Models

Sector:    Undertaken By: Multiple    Recent Publication: 2021

India is seeking to transform its power sector in a way to promote access, reliability, affordability and sustainability. Several important policies have been announced in this regard, but there are still concerns around high AT&C losses, low quality of service, peak power deficits and high cross-subsidies. In particular, electricity tariff str...

International Climate Negotiations

Sector:    Undertaken By: Multiple    Recent Publication: 2021

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

A Multi-Pronged Approach to Tackling Air Pollution in Indian States

Sector:    Undertaken By: Council on Energy, Environment and Water    Recent Publication: 2021

Air pollution is a multi-faceted challenge which requires a comprehensive and integrated approach towards designing plausible solutions. The reports under this initiative investigate the various causes of air pollution across India, and propose recommendations that can be implemented to improve air quality management at the ground level...

The Way Forward for Green Cooling

Sector:    Undertaken By: International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iFOREST)    Recent Publication: 2021

With heat waves sweeping across cities in India, the need for cooling solutions is more urgent than ever. India’s cooling demand is projected to grow by eight times in the next 20 years. This will lead to a significant increase in cooling demand, stress on the electricity grid and the release of high Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants li...