Home to more than a billion people, these countries are charting a dynamic path towards low-carbon wealth. To stay the course, they'll need to confront three issues: inclusive development, rapidly-expanding cities and economy-wide measures for reducing carbon emissions.
A new paper from the World Resources Institute, Parched Power: Water Demands, Risks and Opportunities for India’s Power Sector, analyzes all of India’s 400+ thermal power plants and finds that India’s power supply is increasingly in jeopardy due to water shortages, costing power generation and revenue.
This paper aims to uncover water risks to India’s thermal power sector.
Fourteen of India’s 20 largest thermal utilities experienced at least one shutdown due to water shortages between 2013-2016, at a cost of $1.4 billion. It's a taste of what's to come in a warmer, more crowded world.
India can meet and potentially exceed its national climate change goals, finds a new working paper by World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Open Climate Network (OCN).
New WRI research shows India can achieve its emissions-reduction goal through existing policies while maintaining an annual GDP growth rate of 6-7 percent.
This paper analyzes India’s climate change mitigation goals to enhance understanding, evaluate implementation progress, and identify opportunities for enhancing ambition.
A new report finds that India’s clean energy initiatives can help address poverty in rural communities by providing steady incomes, healthcare benefits and skill-building opportunities to unskilled and semi-skilled workers.
India plans to generate 160 gigawatts of wind and solar power by 2022, creating 330,000 new jobs. For the country's rural poor, these clean energy positions offer a lucrative alternative to subsistence farming.
India’s clean energy push will generate more than 330,000 full-time jobs over the next five years. Can Renewable Energy Jobs Help Reduce Poverty in India? finds that many of these jobs can provide steady incomes, healthcare benefits and skill-building opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled workers. For India’s rural poor, especially women, clean energy jobs offer an alternative to subsistence farming. But decision-makers, from government officials to private sector leaders, must act to maximize poverty reduction impacts.
A new mandate for efficiency standards in India's commercial buildings could slash energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth. Here are additional steps that policymakers can take to transform building energy use and help the country meet its emission reduction goals.
Increasing transparency across the electricity sector to boost access to affordable, reliable and clean energy
By focusing incentivizes to encourage cooperation, China was able to capture a strategic market: electric buses. India could do the same for electric bikes.
Seaside communities from South Asia to the Caribbean have suffered terribly from flooding. Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, India Adaptation Strategy Head for the Climate Resilience Practice and WRI India, distills how they can adapt, with a focus on the dynamics of environmental justice and sustainable development.
Supporting national governments with tools and resources to track progress toward meeting their national climate commitments and to strengthen climate action.
Thermal power plants rely on water for cooling, which means droughts can push generation offline. In India, reports describe this vulnerability—itself just another reason to speed the transition to renewables.
U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement offers opportunities for India and China to lead on international climate action, but global progress is not yet matched by comparable leadership on domestic environmental policies in these two countries.
Today India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump held a joint press conference focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation around security, trade and economic growth.
Om Prakash (O.P.) Agarwal has been announced as the new CEO of WRI India, where he will oversee its strategy, staff and programmatic activities. Agarwal is a highly respected thinker and practitioner with decades of experience on cities, urban transport, climate change and related development and environment issues.