Ongoing Projects

Energy & Power Systems

  • Identifying Specific Policy Options with the Aim of Reducing Carbon Intensity in India: Government of India has announced the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and its constituent eight missions prepared under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Council and furthermore, an ‘Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth’ chaired by Dr. Kirit Parikh, has been set up to provide technical and policy options to reduce 20-25% emission intensity by 2020. Various other countries are aggressively pursuing low carbon growth plans, and by rapidly disseminating the lessons globally learned in implementing low carbon growth plans and particularly from UK/EU experience and applying them to the challenges faced in India, India may be able to leapfrog these experiences and accelerate the implementation of policies that are a deviation from the business as a usual scenario. Under this context, the aim of this study project was to provide practical recommendations on low carbon policy options to support the ‘Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth’ appointed by the Planning Commission to reduce India’s emission intensity.  The study aims to provide practical recommendations for the policy landscape in India, specifically in three key domains identified by stakeholders: Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), Green/Energy Efficient Buildings and Low Carbon Institutional Framework. The study ‘Identifying specific policy options with the aim of reducing carbon intensity in India’ is undertaken by AEA, Emergent Ventures India and IRADe, and is supported by the British High Commission.
  • Indian Perspectives on Global Energies Scenarios till 2050 (In Collaboration with IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria): The project objective is to understand energy transitions needed in the future that is consistent with global perceptions and the required R&D. It would also include studying existing IIASA global regional energy scenarios from India’s perspectives and suggest new scenarios suitable for India that reflect India’s viewpoints. The project will help in providing a future global energy vision for India till 2050. It is expected that India along with China could become global leaders in the use of technologies for the masses. Therefore, IRADe’s work with IIASA will help identifying the energy transitions needed for sustainable development including combating climate change. It will also develop our capacity to help India to present its perspective to improve global energy scenarios that reflect India’s viewpoints.

    Sponsored by Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC).

  • Evaluation of impact of RGGVY and issues in implementation of RGGVY: Sponsored by the REC under the guidance of the Ministry of Power (MoP) this evaluation project aims to study the progress of village electrification in terms of coverage, quality coverage (includes verification of erection of village distribution infrastructure, electrification of BPL households, access to power to household etc.) in the states of Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. One of the main objectives is to list various Governments and their agencies responsible for various tasks for successful implementation of RGGVY projects and comment on the efficiency in fulfilling those responsibilities.

Urban Infrastructure and Services

  • Vulnerability Assessment in 35 Indian Cities: The climate resilience of cities in the events of extreme rainfalls, temperatures, floods, droughts, cyclones, storms and landslides is very important, especially, as the losses due to these extreme events can be many times more as compared to the cost of adaptation measures. Hence, a clear picture of the nature of the problems and which agencies, mechanisms or mission should address them is needed. This research will be the initial step to identify the climate related vulnerability threat to cities. These can then be used to contribute towards policy formulation and action. The study will also identify current data gaps and further analysis required in the future.

    Supported by Rockefeller Foundation.

Climate Change and Environment

  • Identifying Specific Policy Options with the Aim of Reducing Carbon Intensity in India:  Various other countries are aggressively pursuing low carbon growth plans, and by rapidly disseminating the lessons that have been learned globally in implementing low carbon growth plans and particularly from UK/EU experience and applying them to the challenges faced in India. India may be able to leapfrog these experiences and accelerate the implementation of policies that are a deviation from the business as usual scenario. Under this context, the aim of this study project was to provide practical recommendations on low carbon policy options to support the ‘Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth’ appointed by the Planning Commission to reduce Indian’s emission intensity. The study aims to provide practical recommendations for the policy landscape in India, specifically in three key domains identified by stakeholders: Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), Green/Energy Efficient Buildings and Low Carbon Institutional Framework.

    The study, ‘Identifying specific policy options with the aim of reducing carbon intensity in India’ is undertaken by AEA, Emergent Ventures India and IRADe, and supported by the British High Commission.

  • Ecosystem Management of Marine National Park, Jamnagar, Gujarat (2010): Rapid industrial development in Jamnagar, had its impact on the Marine National Park. The project studies the overall potential threats, formulates a conservation and management plan that are consistent with stakeholder’s plans and suggests an implementation plan through a blend of economic instruments and control measures in order to protect the marine life, unique corals and mangrove ecosystem. Assessment papers are being prepared for various potential impacts from different sources in the park areas on marine ecosystem and critical pollution sources such as industries, ports, shipping activities on the Marine National Park. Simultaneously, the prospect of developing an eco-tourism corridor in the Marine National park and the nearby Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is being investigated.

    Sponsored by The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

Agriculture and Food Security

  • Indian Agriculture 2040: Rapidly growing Indian economy will call for a transformation of Indian agriculture over the next 30 years that will have profound implications for diversification for rural urban migration, for agricultural profitability and food security. Challenges to government policies would be daunting and most likely will require a fundamental reorientation. IRADe is involved in this study and has developed a general equilibrium model to explore the issues.

    Sponsored by Centennial Group, USA

 

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