The welfare effects of rural electrification

19 Apr 2018 |
Mr Saswata Chaudhury
| Mint

Access to affordable electricity for each and every household is a necessary condition for social and economic development. However, rural electrification received attention in the development agenda mostly in the last one-and-a-half decades. In 2005, the Central government launched the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) which subsumed all other ongoing schemes related to rural electrification. The scheme focused on electrification of villages through implementation of decentralized distributed generation (DDG).

What nations are doing to stem flow

17 Apr 2018 |
Dr Suneel Pandey
| Asian Age

The annual per capita plastic consumption in Western Europe is reported to be 100 kg while Asia consumes only around 20 kg per capita. The latter figure is expected to grow in future as Asia experiences rapid economic growth. In terms of plastic production, Asia produced 45.6 per cent in 2013, according to PlasticsEurope.

Green funds will help make the benefits of clean energy a reality for India

11 Apr 2018 |
Dr Ajay Mathur
| The Hindustan Times

Heading into 2018, India is part of a rarefied group-one of nine nations out of the top 25 emitters on track to meet its Paris climate targets. In fact, India has already reached 34% non-fossil electricity, and should reach its goal of 40% as early as 2022-eight years ahead of schedule. This is encouraging, but there is a long way to go. India needs more clean energy and efficiency to meet its climate goals while also lifting millions out of poverty and combating deadly air pollution, heat waves and flooding.

Alternate solutions to our water woes

23 Mar 2018 |
Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Statesman

Yesterday, 22 March, the world including India celebrated World Water Day 2018, the theme of which was Nature for Water. Its aim is to generate awareness of the fact that nature-based solutions should be explored to meet water challenges of the 21st century.

Nature-based solutions cover a wide range of approaches and technologies which use natural process to address a variety of environmental, social and economic challenges in sustainable ways.

Expand the horizons of India's solar story

22 Mar 2018 |
Mr Amit Kumar
| The Hindustan Times

At the recent foundation day summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a clarion call for a worldwide solar revolution while underlying the critical role solar energy must play to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The ISA is the first international energy body that is not only headquartered in India, but has been conceptualised here. This gives us a golden opportunity to build on our extensive experience on various facets of solar energy, from decentralised thermal applications to GW-sized solar parks.

Powering industry 4.0

19 Mar 2018 |
Mr Amit Kumar
| The Financial Express

Industry 4.0 has become the buzzword of late. Interestingly, however, it was way back in 2011 that the German federal government announced 'Industrie 4.0' as one of the key initiatives under its High-Tech Strategy 2020. In chronological terms, the first industrial revolution took place in late 18th century with the advent of steam engines. Then, in late 19th century, it was time for the second industrial revolution with the introduction of assembly lines and mass-production techniques.

Changing health climate through better nutrition

07 Mar 2018 |
Dr Ajay Mathur
Ms Meena Sehgal
| The Pioneer

The vulnerability index of agriculture to climate change, developed by the Government of India's National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), places 230 districts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Rajasthan in the "very high to high" category of vulnerability for 2021-2050.

Preserve natural resources, promote farming

01 Mar 2018 |
Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Tribune

Tackling the agrarian crisis from its roots necessitates attention to the important aspect of the neglect and degradation of natural resources, the natural capital that underlies all agriculture production systems.

A Critical Weakness

28 Feb 2018 |
Mr Ajay Shankar
| Financial Chronicle

The power sector now looks good. There is a surplus. Village electrification is getting completed. All households could get electrified within two years. Renewable sources of electricity are becoming cheaper and competitive. Last year renewable energy capacity that was added exceeded that of conventional thermal power.

A living system

27 Feb 2018 |
Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Telegraph

The 19th Organic World Congress was organized in New Delhi in November 2017. The irony was palpable. The conference, which focused on expanding sustainability, health and equity in agriculture development, came amidst the worst ever episode of air pollution in the city brought about partly by the burning of paddy residue in the neighbouring states. The event also coincided with protests by farmers experiencing immense socio-economic distress.