Weather shifts in climate talks

The 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which wrapped up in the early hours of Sunday at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, set things in motion that will have far-reaching implications for the international climate negotiations. COP27 kicked off with the demand by the developing […]

A coal economy to a green economy

This article orriginally appeared in Financial Express Just energy transition’ must Shape net-zero pathways for fossil-fuel-dependent districts. In the last 18 months, several modelling studies have been published on the costs and benefits of net zero emissions in India. A few days back, another modelling study was published, which projected that India will require an economy-wide […]

Coal consumption in India: We are already late on fair green transition

This article originally appeared on Financial Express There is no contradiction between increasing coal consumption in India and implementing a just transition in the coal districts and states. On March 28, 2022, an extremely important and unstarred question was asked by Priyanka Chaturvedi, member, Rajya Sabha, which was replied to by Pralhad Joshi, Union minister of […]

Good COP, bad COP

This article originally appeared on TOI+. Glasgow wasn’t a washout. But on coal, India gained little & let China get away Climate change conferences follow a pattern: They never end on time; they make incremental progress, and there is always a last-minute drama that captures the headlines, drowning the overall assessment of the meeting. COP26 […]

India must invest in its youth in coal for just energy transition

After the announcement to attain net-zero by 2070 and the target to meet 50% of the energy needs from renewable energy sources at the ongoing climate conference- COP 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created a hope about an effective pathway of climate action in the coming years. The pledges will mean massive decarbonization and weaning away […]

How India can meet its Glasgow promise: From reforming discoms

This article originally appeared in TOI+. From reforming discoms to recruiting skilled energy managers, the list of reforms is formidable. On the first day of the Glasgow climate conference – COP26 – the biggest announcement came from India. Ending speculations on whether India ‘will’ or ‘can’ make a net-zero pledge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that […]

The UNEP Production Gap Report’s call for a Just Transition is as timely as it is urgent

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and leading global research institutes released the Production Gap Report on Thursday.  The report raises clear concern on countries following their net-zero ‘pledge’. Most governments plan to produce more than twice the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C. As part of the […]

COP26: Let us move from climate crisis to climate collaboration meeting

This article originally appeared in TOI+. Glasgow will not solve the climate crisis but it can fast-track global climate collaboration. A great hype has been created around the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) at Glasgow. John Kerry, the US climate czar, has called this meeting the world’s “last best chance” to avoid climate hara-kiri. Similar sentiment […]

Climate: Reality Check

This article originally appeared in the Times of India. Transition from fossil fuels in India is a matter of politics, communities, federalism & jobs The latest IPCC report paints a grim picture of the future if the world fails to eliminate the use of fossil fuels over the next three decades. India will be disproportionately impacted […]