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Learn about the latest research and practice from Cities4Forests, an initiative led by more than 60 cities around the world, to better conserve, manage, and restore forests and other natural infrastructure.

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This working paper discusses utility-offered RE tariffs in India, a relatively new and underdeveloped topic in the Indian energy sector. It highlights the key principles that could serve to guide the development of such tariffs in India, based on a study of the literature worldwide, as well as on an analysis of the Indian scenario and interviews conducted.

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India's Rs 20 lakh crore COVID-19 relief package, one of the largest in the world, amounting roughly to 10 per cent of country’s GDP, needs to be implemented for creating jobs and growth by keeping nature in the centre. Since the pandemic came from the disturbance of nature, its treatment also lies in the rebuilding of nature & investing in natural capital. In this regard the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Resources Institute and India and National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), Government of India are organizing a webinar to explain how India can invest in nature while building back better.

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This working paper proposes a framework to identify and assess the relevant sustainable development impacts of renewable power technologies in India and to estimate their economic rate of return (ERR). This economic analysis approach allows for systematic consideration of relevant socioeconomic and environmental costs and benefits, which are especially critical in energy policymaking and planning.

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This paper provides quantitative evidence to help investors better understand and measure the financial impacts from water shortages in the thermal power sector, drawing on data and analysis of Indian companies. It introduces a new methodology to estimate the water shortage-induced impacts to earnings on five Indian thermal power companies from FY 2014-2017. It also uses outputs from climate models to analyze potential future changes to water availability in India, which could increase the risk of water shortages.

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