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Energy Policies for India’s Conversion to a Net-Zero Economy (EPIC)

India has set itself to a net-zero transition by 2070, and other milestones, along the way.

Against this backdrop, the Energy Policies for India’s Conversion to a Net-Zero Economy (EPIC) report addresses itself to one of the most complex challenges facing India today – defining the policy environment that would open up potential energy transition pathways for more fully achieving India’s stated Net Zero goals in a cost-effective, inclusive manner.

Much can be done to improve operational efficiencies across the energy system and to strengthen the many well-targeted reform initiatives already taken by the Government to facilitate the energy transition.

This report too has re-visited, and supported, such opportunities in a very select manner. However, it also recognizes the larger narrative in this transition which highlights the unprecedented state engagement and, therefore, the abundant caution that needs to be exercised to ensure that incentives are efficiently, and transparently, allocated and delivered. It also attempts to go beyond by identifying the opportunities to take a coherent policy approach across the many sources energizing India and the supporting institutional framework, while acknowledging the significant potential that exists to decouple energy consumption from economic growth.

To navigate the vast array of issues, the report is divided into eight chapters that capture a sizeable part of the economy from a demand and supply standpoint.  This is followed by a chapter that captures the cross-sectoral needs and suggests recommendations.

This Publication draws upon a number of chapter submissions made under ACPET Project titled
“An Integrated Energy Policy Approach to India’s Net-Zero Commitments”

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Transitioning Mining Communities to Sustainable Lives and Livelihoods

The mines and minerals sector in India is expected to witness a major churn – expansion, productivity improvements, higher private sector participation and inevitable mine closures too. In this context, ACPET is undertaking a project to examine mining community transitions in various dimensions – Who are affected? in what ways are they affected? What support systems do they have and need? What approaches and practices can protect them from the negative fallouts of mine closure? Can we develop a tool to assess the above for the multiple contexts in which mines operate?

Through extensive literature review, consultations with varied stakeholder groups and deep-dive surveys in two coal mine sites, the team will develop a framework to explore the identities, preparedness and way forward for mining communities. The team will also co-design and pilot community transition plans for two sites.

Financing Energy Transition

ACPET is developing a framework to understand the distributive aspects of clean energy transition financing across select districts and states of India. In this context, ACPET is creating a framework to assess the state’s preparedness to utilize the supply of finance for clean energy transition finance across select states and districts in India.

As a part of this assessment framework, state preparedness in terms of their developmental paradigm is being seen in an integrated manner in order to understand how the distribution of clean energy transition finance is also intricately linked with SDG positioning of districts and states of India. Moreover, through this project, the gap between the supply and demand of clean energy transition finance and the actual outcomes associated with the fund supply is being assessed to come up with specific policy recommendations to address those gaps.

Study at Ashoka

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