India’s Green Recovery

While recovering and reviving the economy, critical questions are necessary to answer on how India can improve the resilience of its physical and social infrastructure while building a green economy that guarantees sustainability.

It matters that India is able to bring down pollution, invest in systems that make our society more inclusive, make our industries ‘green’, and undertake rapid reforms to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and champion renewable and clean energy for power and transport.

For a country aiming to become a $5 trillion economy, it will be prudent to in inextricably link its policy and investment with dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental. To explore the multiple dimensions where in India can benefit from investing in green economic recovery, CarbonCopy is organising a series of webinars to explore opportunities where India can invest in resilient, green and inclusive development for every citizen. These discussions aim to leverage voices of opinion makers at national and regional levels across economic, social and environmental sectors.

In an effort to revive the economy, the Indian government announced an economic stimulus of INR 20,000 crores, approximately 3 billion US dollars in June 2020, followed by further stimuli like support for small and medium businesses, targeted support for the agricultural sector and substantial support for coal.

The last five months since the COVID-19 pandemic has assailed, the world has witnessed human and economic disaster at a scale never seen in modern history. Countries, corporations and communities have been struggling to survive the combined health and economic impacts due to COVID-19. Many nations have rolled out economic recovery packages to deal with the loss of livelihoods, closure of businesses and breakdown of value chains that have resulted from lockdowns. Governments are pouring trillions of dollars into recovering from COVID-19 to rejuvenate their stalled economies.

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A deeper look at fossil fuel subsidies and emerging renewable energy solutions

Opinion | Can India afford a green stimulus during the pandemic?

India can position itself for economic success by phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and becoming a leader in emerging sectors of global growth like EVs, solar manufacturing and energy storage.

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India’s great fossil fuels push

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Real-time electricity trading another nail in the coal power coffin?

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For India’s energy sector, a long road divides stimulation from transformation

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