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Official name: 

Republic of India

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Country income: 
Lower-middle-income economies
UNFCCC Annex 1 status: 
Non Annex 1 Party to the Convention

India (2014)

Energy profile
  • Strategies for Poverty Alleviation in India: CYSD's Holistic Approach to Empowerment Through the Self-help Group Model

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Wednesday 1 October 2003
    Objective: 

    Providing credit is the primary goal of microfinance projects. But on its own this can be an ineffective response to chronic poverty. Research from India has shown that projects which take a broader approach can yield surprising results. A report from India's Utkal University describes the model of self-help groups used by the Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD). Questioning conventional wisdom in the microfinance industry, it argues that credit by itself will never lift marginalised women out of poverty.

  • The political economy of green growth in India

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Sunday 1 January 2012
    Objective: 

    Rapid economic growth in India during the last two decades has accentuated the demand for energy and natural resources related to water, land and forests.

  • Creating market support for energy efficiency: India’s Perform, Achieve and Trade scheme

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Tuesday 1 January 2013
    Objective: 

    India, recognising the challenge of pursuing economic growth in a sustainable manner, has developed an energy efficiency scheme to govern large energy consumers. According to this ‘Inside story on climate compatible development’ by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, there is great potential to improve efficiency in energy-intensive industries and the electricity sector, which together were responsible for about 60 per cent of India’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2007. The Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme aims to tap into this potential.

  • Diagnostic assessment of select environmental challenges valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in India

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Wednesday 5 June 2013
    Objective: 
    Approach: 

    This paper reports on a wide range of research that estimates the value of ecosystem services (ESS) in India, including those related to forests, grasslands, wetlands, mangroves, and coral reefs. Estimates for forest services are based on an extensive Indian Green Accounting study, from which the values of timber and non-timber (fodder, water recharge, prevention of soil erosion, etc.) have been taken. There is an added non-use value of forests as well as an update of the value for forest sequestration based on the latest estimates of trends in forest management. 

  • Renewable Energy: Market and Policy Environment in India

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Sunday 1 September 2013
    Objective: 

    This paper contains the highlights of an Indo-US Dialogue on Sustainability, hosted by the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi on December 6-7, 2012. The dialogue focussed on market and civil society initiatives on sustainability. India has seen a significant rise in energy demand largely due to its economic growth over the last decade. The country’s renewable energy market relies heavily on incentives provided by government programmes.

  • Low-carbon development pathways for a sustainable India

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Saturday 1 February 2014
    Objective: 

    This report argues that India can achieve a low-carbon development pathway, with appropriate policies being implemented, without significantly decreasing development ambitions. Two India-specific low-carbon development scenarios are overlaid, based on a calculated carbon budget for India on per capita equity basis and which the report argues are consistent with the goal to end poverty and to promote sustainable development.

  • Reimagining India’s Urban Future: A framework for securing high-growth, low-carbon, climate resilient urban development in India

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Saturday 1 August 2015
    Objective: 
    Approach: 

    This paper reviews the current state of the literature on Indian urbanisation to analyse existing urban development trajectories at the state level.

  • Low carbon growth country studies – getting started: experience from six countries

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Tuesday 1 September 2009
    Objective: 
    Approach: 

    This document is a review of the low carbon growth studies conducted in six emerging economies: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa. These countries, with the help of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP), have initiated country specific studies to assess development goals in conjunction with greenhouse gas mitigation opportunities. The aim is to present a framework for other countries who wish to implement studies of their own. The paper is structured to mirror the seven step process of establishing a low carbon growth country study.

  • Respecting rights, delivering development: forest tenure reform since Rio 1992

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Tuesday 1 May 2012
    Objective: 

    This report evaluates the progress achieved in forest management by indigenous people and local communities, which was set as a key objective at the 1992 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Climate change mitigation revisited: low-carbon energy transitions for China and India

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Thursday 1 January 2009
    Objective: 

    China and India are heavily dependent on high carbon fossil fuels. This article elaborates on the implications of low carbon energy transitions in the two countries, which can mitigate their serious contribution to climate change while allowing economic growth. Three modelling case studies are presented: for the Chinese power sector; the economy of Beijing; and rural Indian households without access to electricity. They demonstrate a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, while costs are likely to increase.

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