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Green, Reliable and Viable
Perspectives on India’s Shift Towards Low-Carbon Energy

ISBN 9780367273088
Published June 11, 2019 by CRC Press
108 Pages

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Resource-intensive practices of yesterday can no longer sustain the world. The future of our planet hinges on timely transitions to efficiency of resource-use across ecosystems of people, products, and processes. This will happen through transitions to low-carbon global energy systems. Against this, it is vital to take a closer look at the ongoing transitions in India. India is a country faced with the triple challenges of raising a substantial amount of its population out of poverty, shifting to a low-carbon economy, and fighting climate change. It is unquestionable that India’s energy demand and consumption will only continue to rise in the decades to come; nonetheless, with multiple synchronized steps in the right direction, India can set the wheel in motion to achieve its development goals while containing its carbon footprint. This book brings together the valued perspectives from key stakeholders in these transitions. Experts and practitioners from the mobility, clean energy, agriculture and energy efficiency sectors, among others, have shared their outlook on challenges that lie in the way of energy transitions in India, and offered solutions and next steps to move the country forward on the decarbonisation pathway. The overarching message is clear: the Indian energy sector of the future will be noticeably different from what it is today. Please note: This book is co-published with TERI Press, India. Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Table of Contents

1. Energy Transitions in India: The Global Context 2. Managing India’s Renewables Target 3. Roadmap for a Solar Surge 4. Enhancing the Green Footprint of the Electricity Transition in India 5. Alternative Fuels for a Zero-Carbon Economy 6. Electricity System Flexibility in the Context of the Transition to a High Share of Renewables in India 7. Accelerating Reforms in Power Markets in India: Key Trends, Challenges, Recommendations and Opportunities 8. Decarbonise, Decentralise, Digitalise – The Future of Energy in India 9. Financing Clean Energy: Enhancing Capital Availability and Creating Supportive Frameworks for Renewables in India’s Energy Mix 10. Bridging the Last Mile: Accelerating Access to Cooking Energy in India 11. Implications of Enhanced Energy Use in the Agricultural Sector in India: Food, Water and Energy Nexus 12. The Future of Mobility is Electric 13. Powering the Powerhouse: India’s Energy Efficiency Leap 14. Tackling the Hard-To-Abate Sectors in India’s Energy Transition

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Ajay Mathur is Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. He co-chairs the Energy Transitions Commission. Adair Turner chairs the Energy Transitions Commission. He also chairs the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Noëmie Leprince-Ringuet is an international expert on climate and energy transitions with the French agency for technical cooperation, currently based at The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi.


More than 20 expert contributors here report on work accomplished in India by ambitious projects involving scientists, engineers, and industrialists with governmental support and supervision. From planning to execution, these authors reveal impressive and exemplary efforts to make India's "green shift" a reality. This edited volume is readable, informative, timely, and inspiring. Highly recommended. All readers.

--V. V. Raman, emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, CHOICE Reviews, February 2020 Vol. 57 No. 6