India’s development challenges in an energy/climate constrained world |

India's development challenges in an energy/climate constrained world


India’s high GDP growth numbers of recent years hide the fact that India remains home to the largest number of poor and malnourished in the world even when compared to Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. The absolute number of the poor and malnourished has increased and income inequality has become worse since 1990, when India set in motion massive economic reforms and liberalisation – a move widely acknowledged as the key driver that unleashed high GDP growth. The popular perception of a rising and shining India overlooks the absence of inclusive growth. Also comparisons with China are grossly misplaced.
Ensuring universal access to lifeline levels of modern energy services is essential for providing inclusive growth, eradicating poverty and delivering the millennium development goals. India needs to significantly raise its electricity and energy consumption if it is to ensure universal access and deliver rapid sustainable growth – a goal that remains the most potent tool for delivering adaptation capacity to her poor who will suffer the worst consequences of climate change. However, resource/supply constraints faced by conventional energy sources, techno-economic constraints faced by renewable energy sources and, above all, the bounds imposed by climate change on fossil fuel use are likely to undermine India’s quest for continuing rapid, sustainable and inclusive growth. The speaker will discuss the challenges that India faces, and some of the consequences of failing to meet these challenges.

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Surya Sethi, Former Government of India's Principal Adviser (Power and Energy) and Core Climate Negotiator based at Planning Commission

Wednesday, 30 March 2011
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 2-2
Level 2, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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