Workshop: Climate Change & Tamil Nadu’s Decarbonisation

June 17, 2022 June 18, 2022

We invite communication experts for a two-day long workshop where the various aspects of decarbonization and climate change will be discussed. 

The objective of this training program is to provide critical analysis of the need (or lack thereof) and role of fossil fuel-based power plants in Tamil Nadu’s energy transition. 

A few months earlier, the hottest April in 122 years in the Indian subcontinent was recorded. Extreme heat, combined with high humidity exacerbated by human-induced climate change is having an increasingly adverse effect on all aspects of life and business in India. Tamil Nadu is no outlier. 

One sector where the effect of climate change is most pronounced, both from an adaptation and mitigation perspective is the energy sector. Apart from being the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the sector is also, as was seen during the power crises of the last few months, extremely exposed to climate-change-related effects. 

While more fossil fuels were burnt for producing power in the last few months, all stakeholders agree that this is little more than a short-term solution, and a far from ideal one at that.

There is no choice but to create a road map for rapid decarbonization to deal with future heat and other extreme weather events. For this, it is imperative that informed policies, programmes and actions are implemented at the state level. In the case of Tamil Nadu, about 70% of its electricity comes from fossil fuel-based power plants. Curiously the electricity sector is also deemed by sector experts as one of the easiest sectors to be decarbonized. 


17th June, Day 1

Arrival at Auroville, check-in
Welcome, introduction and dinner

18th June, Day 2

  • Breakfast at the guest house
  • Setting the context to report on decarbonization and climate change
  • Cost of Coal
  • What is the urgency for a coal phaseout/ mitigation- explaining the science
  • Lunch break & Networking
  • Environmental and Health Impacts of Coal
  • Site visit
  • Program closure