Climate change and energy are inherently and irrefutably linked. Research suggests that 82% of anthropogenic carbon emissions come from energy-related activities. Sure you know all of this, but here's the real kicker: India is on the verge of rapid and unprecedented economic growth. So how do we meet our burgeoning energy demands without destroying the environment and pouring noxious gases into the air we breathe?
Energy has become the lifeblood of modern society. Energy, when converted to electricity, powers everything we know and love—from computers, mobile phones, and light bulbs to cars, planes, and trains! But like all good things, our precious electricity comes at a cost! With the help of this handy energy primer, let's get a refresher on where our electricity comes from, and why some sources of energy are cleaner than the others.
India’s newly elected government is in charge of a renewable energy industry with massive potential. With a mandate of unprecedented and unexpected strength, it has the opportunity to formulate a much greater, cleaner strategic outline that can benefit from past experience of expanding wind and solar in India.
India is at a unique crossroads where two-thirds of the commercial and high-rise residential structures that will exist in 2030 are yet to be built. By implementing energy efficiency in buildings that are being constructed in the next ten years, tenants and building owners can significantly reduce their energy consumption and costs for decades to come.
The time is ripe for India’s solar industry. With close to 300 private players in the sector, India is projected to see an unprecedented rise in photovoltaic (PV) adoption over the next five years. The relatively steady market growth over the years made the sector more stable, and consequently more attractive to investors. However, this was not always the case...
In this issue, we discussed the benefits of transitioning to renewables as our primary energy source, but no energy discussion is complete without addressing the elephants in the room—coal, oil and natural gas. In this opinion article, leading environmentalist, Ms. Sunita Narain, raises pertinent questions about equity and India's position in the international climate arena.