Imagine a government official working in an Indian state overwhelmed by a multitude of pressing concerns – solid waste burning, water contamination, air pollution. Tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has not been her top priority. And then she gets tasked with generating a climate action plan.
But how can she get started on a plan that will have real impact in the absence of the granular data on GHG emissions from her state? She may not know how many vehicles are on the road (purview of the transport department) or how much solid waste is being generated (overseen by the...
On Sunday, India’s latest bicycle sharing system was launched in New Delhi following on from the successes of Mysore, Bhopal, and other Indian cities, which have helped garner interest in cycling as an alternative mode of commute. The bike share system was launched by Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, and Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, New Delhi.
Under the Smart Cities initiatives, NDMC launched this bicycle sharing system with SmartBike, a Hyderabad-based company which has teamed up with...
Last month, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, assured the country’s Supreme Court that all thermal power plants would comply with emission standards by 2022 – five years beyond the original deadline of 2017 – in response to a set of petitions filed by citizen groups. While efforts are being made to increase power generation from...
Road engineering – the way urban streets are designed and built – plays an extremely important role in ensuring road safety. The right kind of engineering for a street would include measures that actively restrict the scope for road users to violate speed limits and other traffic rules. For instance, a roundabout or intersection would need to have appropriate infrastructure that takes into consideration vehicular capacity, turning radii, visibility, pedestrian movement, and other factors in order to be effective and significantly reduce the likelihood of a traffic violation. In addition,...
This blog post originally appeared in Deccan Herald.
In a recent submission as part of its Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) for FY19, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom), under the title “New Proposals,” has demonstrated some progressive ideas. Particularly noteworthy are the suggestions to separate tariff for consumers having power demand of more than 1 megawatt (MW), to make a distinction in the way fixed and variable charges are recovered, and to...
This blog post originally appeared in The Hindu Business Line.
The next phase of this market based trading system must learn lessons from the PAT Cycle 1 and design better policies.
The Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) Scheme is a programme launched by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to reduce energy consumption and promote enhanced energy efficiency among specific energy intensive industries in the country.
In the first cycle...
This blog post originally appeared in The Hindu.
India’s transition to clean energy could improve the quality of life of women.
India can increase its GDP by up to 60% by 2025 by enabling more women to participate in its workforce, a 2015 study by the McKinsey Global Institute had stated. However, social and cultural constraints can prevent this from becoming a reality. Many women who work outside home still have primary...
This blog post originally appeared in TheCityFix.
In 2013, the world’s cities accounted for 64 percent of primary energy use and 70 percent of CO2 emissions. Energy use in buildings is the second largest contributor (after transport) to urban GHG emissions and to urban heat islands. Emissions reductions programs for buildings, then, could bring deep decarbonization to cities and other benefits to boot, like lower energy costs....
On average, two people die on Mumbai’s roads owing to traffic crashes every day. The city ranks seventh in the country in terms of absolute numbers of road traffic fatalities. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are most vulnerable, and are involved in more than 90 percent of all road traffic fatalities. Young working populations – mostly men – are particularly affected.
Most crash data reports only talk about what happened – the crash itself. However, the political and societal influencers of road...
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