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India is quickly becoming an economic, technological, and diplomatic leader. Yet this growth has come at a cost.

Rapid urbanization is placing a burden on infrastructure, energy consumption and public services. Already the fourth-largest economy, India is the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter and fourth-largest electricity consumer. The economic and development decisions that the country makes over the next few decades will pose profound implications for the global environment.

WRI India—established in 2011—works with local and national governments, businesses, and civil society to address India’s development challenges. We identify solutions that are both economically and environmentally sound.

We develop blueprints for sustainable urban transport and smart city growth. We provide research and policy recommendations to expand renewable energy and access to affordable, reliable power. Our tools and guidance help businesses cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout their supply chains. Our partnerships and transparency initiatives strengthen communities’ access to information and justice. And our analyses identify strategies for India to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.

Publications & Resources

India Water Tool

The India Water Tool Version 2 (IWT 2.0) is an online tool for companies and other users to understand their water-related risks and prioritize actions toward sustainable water management.

India Water Tool

This technical note describes the specifics of the indicator data and calculations underpinning the India Water Tool 2.0 (IWT).

The IWT 2.0 allows companies, government agencies, and other users identify their water risks, prioritize their water management actions, plan for sustainable...

The Road to Safety in India

As Michael Bloomberg announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: more people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world.

Mark Robinson

Global Director, Governance

Mark is Global Director, Governance at WRI. In this capacity, Mark is responsible for leading WRI's Governance Center and providing strategic and intellectual leadership around analysis, strategy...

As Obama and Modi Meet, 4 Opportunities for US-India Action on Clean Energy and Climate

All eyes are on India this week, as President Obama is set to make an unprecedented second trip to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While the leaders’ discussions will address several issues, including nuclear energy and trade, climate and clean energy will be a central part of the agenda. So it’s a tremendous opportunity for the two countries to make substantive progress on shifting to low-carbon, climate-resilient pathways.

President Obama’s first trip after the State of the Union tonight will be to India to visit with Prime Minister Modi, where they will announce new energy and climate efforts.

In a press teleconference on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Indian and US experts will reflect on prospects for US-India collaboration and domestic action in India to curb emissions and address climate change.

WHAT

Press Call Ahead of US-India Climate/Energy Announcements

WHEN

Wednesday, Jan 21, 8:00 p.m. IST // 9:30 a.m. EST (Washington)

Deepak Sriram Krishnan

Manager, Charge

Deepak is part of the Energy program and will particularly work on the Green Power Market Development Group, India initiative. He will be primarily working on expanding the program to the Chennai...

Chirag Gajjar

Associate, India GHG Program

Chirag Gajjar is a Project Associate for India GHG Program, a part of WRI’s Climate Program, at the India Liaison Office in Mumbai. He works in the field of climate change mitigation. His areas of...

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