India has announced a net zero emissions target of 2070, backed up by strong climate ambition in the near-term including increasing the share of renewable energy to 50 per cent of the energy mix by 2030. Meeting these targets will require concerted action from all stakeholders, especially Indian state governments.
The federal structure of the country means that states have primary responsibility for governing several sectors that are pivotal to addressing climate change, including electricity supply, infrastructure and industries. Several Indian states are in the process of revising their State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs) in alignment with India’s Nationally Determined Contributions while also spearheading key climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives.
Already, in India, there is growing momentum on state-level climate policies in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric mobility. This is crucial, given the country’s climate vulnerabilities and growing carbon footprint.
But there is much more that can be done to create an environment for climate action at the state level. Institutional capacity building, access to finance, policy innovation and stakeholder participation would serve to bolster states’ ambition to meet their potential.
There is a capacity gap within the states when it comes to understanding the nuances of the mpact of climate change and the cross-sectoral efforts required to tackle it. Considering every subnational region has its own contextual features, different low-carbon growth pathways must be planned out for each state.Capacity building in states needs a greater focus in order to ensure that climate action is embedded within the development planning and implementation processes. Institutionalising best practices like green budgeting, science-based approaches and carbon inventories can go a long way in accomplishing this goal.
Shakti engages with stakeholders at the state level to develop climate resilient and low-carbon development pathways for states. We seek to build capacity among state-level stakeholders, including civil society and research institutions, to design well-informed mitigation and adaptation initiatives. We facilitate the development of strategic economy-wide and sectoral plans towards meeting India's climate goals. Our work focuses on the development of evidence-based solutions for robust policies, technology development and adoption and the mainstreaming of climate finance interventions. We also work with ecosystem stakeholders across India to promote cross-state diffusion of the learnings and best practices.