As a major world power with the fourth largest economy in the world (in terms of PPP) and 11th largest in terms of nominal GDP, India is extremely conscious of its 'shared but differentiated' responsibility in global efforts to address climate change. In 2008 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released India's National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) outlining current and future policies and programs addressing climate mitigation and adaptation. The plan identifies eight core "national" missions" running through 2017 and directs ministries to submit detailed implementation plans toÂ the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. Three of these national missions focus on the energy sector including renewable energy. For instance, the National Solar Mission aims to promote the development and use of solar energy for power generation and other uses with the ultimate objective of making solar energy competitive with fossil-based energy options.
In general, the Indian government has taken renewable energy very seriously and views it as a means to achieve energy security, to eliminate energy shortages and energy poverty (about 400 million people in India do not have access to electricity). This lecture focuses on the efforts being made by India to promote renewable energy, the progress made so far and the challenges that it faces.
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Dr. Arun Tripathi, Director, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
- Wednesday, 23 March 2011
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road