06 Nov 2018
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries. The SDGs recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change.
31 Oct 2018
| Ms Kavya Bajaj
Loss and damage, in the context of climate change, is associated with the particular impacts of climate change in developing countries vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, such as sea level rise and extreme weather events. In this article, Kavya Bajaj helps us understand the milestone developments that have taken place in various climate conferences regarding this controversial mechanism.
25 Oct 2018
More than 40% of India's population is expected to reside in its urban centres by 2050 (UNDESA, 2014). While these rapidly expanding urban centres in India are seen as the engines of economic growth, they also face tremendous pressures on their civic infrastructure systems and issues of environmental degradation, air pollution, and increasing frequency of climate-induced events and disasters. It is, thus, now critical to relook at the ways in which we manage these challenges for enhancing the liveability of cities.
07 Sep 2018
| Ms Diya Dasgupta
A report on opportunities for resource saving along the value chain in the solar PV sector In 2010, India launched the renewable energy programme 'Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM)', with the objective of deploying 20,000 mega watt (MW) of solar power by 2022. This target was revised to 100,000 MW of which 60,000 MW has to be grid connected and 40,000 MW has to be rooftop solar. This will require supply and use of newer materials to manufacture different solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies while maintaining cost competiveness in the sector. Resource efficiency will be key in achieving these objectives.
07 Sep 2018
| Ms Garima Jasuja
A report on resource efficiency in India's EV sector In 2017, India announced its plans of going 100% electric by 2030 as a part of its larger commitments of COP21. Indian automobile industry has been growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.4% from FY12-17, and absolute annual production is expected to reach 50 million in next 15 years from 25.3 million in 2017. With transportation sector accounting for 22% of world’s greenhouse gas emissions, this growth should take place in a sustainable manner, which is adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) for mobility.
Kerosene to solar PV subsidy swap: The business case for redirecting subsidy expenditure from kerosene to off-grid solar
21 Aug 2018
| Shruti Sharma
| Richard Bridle
An exploration of the idea of gradually moving from subsidies on kerosene to investing in off-grid solar technologies for marginalised households
31 Jul 2018
Following the enactment of the Paris Agreement, the carbon markets in national and international spheres are poised for revival. Although the global carbon market dependent on the Kyoto Protocol have nearly collapsed, many voluntary or national carbon markets are still functioning in several countries under relevant regulations or voluntary arrangements. These include markets and trading systems such as Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) and Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) in India. One of the key questions emerging from the Paris Agreement is how such existing markets are to be integrated with the cooperative mechanisms to be evolved under Article 6 of the Agreement.
31 Jul 2018
| Ms Kavya Bajaj
Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (PA) focuses on a framework for countries to voluntarily cooperate using market and non-market based approaches to raise climate ambition. In the process there is also recognition of the need to establish an emissions accounting framework that will promote sustainable development, and environmental integrity.
11 Jul 2018
The growing vehicular pollution has caused serious health hazard in Indian metropolitan cities, Bengaluru being one of the major victims. There are various reasons accounting for the vehicular emissions. The objective of this research paper is to estimate the vehicular emissions in form of carbon dioxide (CO2), particulate matter 10 (PM10) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emitted by the auto rickshaws plying in Bengaluru city and recommend policy based solution based upon the estimated alternative scenarios.