India

O.P. Agarwal

WRI India Director
As of June 2017

WRI India works with government, businesses and civil society to increase access to clean energy, deliver strong climate action, manage water resources and advance sustainable cities and transport.

Led by Shailesh Sreedharan as Acting Director, the India team signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development on climate change adaptation and mitigation, landscape restoration, energy access and sustainable interventions in rural areas.

With WRI India’s support, nine major businesses participating in the India GHG Program, including automobile, cement and chemical companies, committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by at least 20 percent.

The India Energy team attended Karnataka state regulatory hearings to support industries in proposing changes to grid usage charges for solar power plants. This resulted in companies—like the Bangalore airport, TVS Motors and the UB group—procuring long-term solar power.

The launch of India Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate road fatalities, underlined WRI India’s commitment to road safety, and the team’s research helped inform proposed vehicle safety legislation. Additionally, the team worked with cities like Bhopal, and public and private transport providers like public bus agencies and taxi aggregators, on women’s safety initiatives. The India office also started an integrated urban water management program to make cities more resilient to water risk.