This blogpost was originally published in Mint on 21 January.
Climate change is one of the top issues for the policymakers, investors and chief executives gathered in Davos at the 50th World Economic Forum annual event. Acting on climate is no longer just a political imperative but defines business leadership in today’s carbon-constrained world.
Climate Action: A Business Imperative
The recently released budget 2020 by the Finance Minister of India has few talking points on climate change and the need for action to fight different environmental hazards like air pollution and disasters, and encouraging investment in renewable energy. In this piece, we try to understand the budget’s implication for adaptation to climate change and building resilience. Does the budget actually budget for adaptation needs of the vulnerable?
Delhi’s transport system has a plethora of modes catering to the city’s transport demand; however, the issues related to the accessibility and availability of public transport still persist in few areas, owing to its disjointed nature. Many organisations manage the city’s extensive transport system which includes but is not limited to, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) Limited, the Government of NCT Transport Department, Delhi Traffic Police, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), etc. All of these authorities have overlapping...
As Indian states gear up to revise their State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs) and take stock of the progress made so far, a pressing issue that looms ahead is how to mobilize the finance needed for implementing different mitigation and adaptation strategies. According to the Economic Survey of India, India faces a multi-billion-dollar gap of around USD 38 billion when it comes to the implementation of its National Adaptation Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). With no...
Tamil Nadu contributes to 16% of India’s total installed capacity of grid-connected renewables, second only to Karnataka. Its renewable power (RE) installed capacity is 42% of its total energy mix. Already a leader in RE, the state must ensure that its energy transition is sustainable, prescient, and inclusive.
Negotiators from across the globe are currently meeting in Spain at the 25th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). On their agenda is a complicated item – how should countries use carbon markets to meet the global climate challenge?
This blog series is part of an ongoing project by WRI and its partners to encourage apparel companies to break away from traditional business models and invest in clothing reuse - resale, rental, and repair models.
Until a few years ago, Indian households followed a typical pattern of using clothes. A new shirt was first worn by the eldest child, followed by younger siblings and cousins. If it was still in a somewhat wearable condition, it was given to the house help and if not, it ended up as a cleaning cloth. Recently, however, Indians increased their spending on clothes...
The 25th annual Conference of Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began on 2nd December. The Paris climate agreement under the UNFCCC has two mechanisms to address the global climate challenge. First, each country must submit a nationally determined contribution (NDC) of the climate actions that it intends to achieve in the medium run. Second, NDCs must be reviewed through a global stock-take and be ...
In August 2018, WRI India launched its first edition of a monthly newsletter on electric mobility, ‘EVConnect’. It was clear that although electric vehicles’ sales and growth in charging infrastructure was embryonic and sporadic, its ecosystem had the potential to benefit Indian cities and states, which warranted further exploration. Electric vehicles provide a host of benefits such as curbing tailpipe emissions from vehicles, the ability to store renewable energy in vehicle batteries and reduced foreign oil imports, to name a...
This blog post was originally published in The Hindustan Times.
As per the State of Global Air 2018 report, the country lost 11 lakh people due to air pollution. But, we have still not understood the severity of the issue.
Last Sunday, over 3,000 people turned up in the morning to protest against the growing air pollution in Gurugram. Protests are part of our society, so it was not surprising to see...
Building a Resilient Kochi - A holistic approach to provide Safe Public Transport and Public Spaces in times of a pandemic and beyondby , , e -
Public transport and public spaces serve as lifelines for cities. With the occurrence of COVID 19 pandemic, public transport systems, streets, and public spaces were shut as they are highly prone to the spread of infection, thus putting cities to a grinding halt. Now, the cities are preparing to slowly exit from this ‘lockdown’ phase and embrace the ‘new normal’. This gradual exit requires a meticulous plan with short-term, mid-term, and long-term strategies especially for providing public transport services and opening public spaces.
While the situation in Kochi (which is one of the key anchor cities of Kerala) has been brought under control with immediate measures, there is a very critical need to develop resilient sustainable solutions for a long-term adoption to create safety in public transport modes and city public spaces.
This document is expected to guide the city authorities and agencies to develop a phased approach for public transport and public spaces in Kochi, to tackle the present and future pandemics. It provides action steps specific to the city, to plan, implement, and regulate safe public transport and public spaces, which in turn help to scale this up to other parts of the state and country.
COVID-19 Safety Measures for Public Bus Operations in Indiaby , , , , , e -
Buses are one of the most commonly used and popular modes of transport in India, with over 46% of urban passenger trips being serviced by public buses. However, they are also confined spaces with a lack of adequate ventilation, which makes them high-risk environments for the spread of diseases such as COVID-19.
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, public transportation across the country stopped to prevent the spread of diseases between the millions of passengers bus systems handle on a daily basis, as well as transit staff. In order for bus services to resume operations effectively and safely, comprehensive measures will need to be implemented across the board.
This document has been created to help prepare bus operations, following the emergency response phase of the pandemic and includes guidelines catered to Indian contexts, based on the best practices adopted by cities around the world.
COVID-19 Public Safety Measures for Metro Systems in Indiaby , e -
India’s metro system carries more than 8 million people across cities every day, forming an integral part of the country’s urban transport system. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdown, public transportation came to a halt to avoid spreading disease further.
Metro systems have the potential to be high-risk environments for spreading disease—with a large number of common surfaces and its reliance on air conditioning and closed ventilation. Stations, too, pose a risk. Metros carry a large number of passengers, and ensuring their safety and the safety of metro staff will require careful planning.
To resume metro services safely, operators will need to implement a comprehensive post-lockdown operations plan, to prepare for various scenarios and improve ridership over the long term. This document contains pragmatic suggestions on how to adopt health and safety measures as set out by health agencies and how to communicate these to the public effectively.