Characterizing the opportunity and unique challenges for India’s clean energy transition

Join Alex Cameron, CEO of Decarb Connect, as she talks with Jai Asundi, the Executive Director of (CSTEP Centre for study of science, technology and policy) to explore the opportunities for domestic and foreign investment around the energy and decarbonisation transition.

Characterizing the opportunity and unique challenges for India’s clean energy transition with Jai Asundi of CSTEP

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India’s watershed moment in climate-terms was the Paris COP where commitments were made on CO2 sequestration, CO2 intensity and renewables. More recently at COP last year, more commitments were made including hitting Net Zero by 2070.  

India is a developing industrial nation that needs to balance the right of a population to seek better overall living standards but which also needs to find the right response to internal and external calls for supporting its own industrials as they decarbonize.  

Post-CBAM, discussions are ongoing about the nature of a carbon market or more carbon regulations – and from Decarb Connect’s own experience, there are also highly motivated steel and cement organisations in India that are proactively trying to find routes forward.  

Join Alex Cameron, CEO of Decarb Connect, as she talks with Jai Asundi, the Executive Director of CSTEP Centre for study of science, technology and policy). They explore the opportunities for domestic and foreign investment around the energy and decarbonisation transition – but also the unique challenges and landscape of India and how this alters the priorities being set.  

Key discussion points:  

  • What will future electricity and CO2-intensive materials demand look like in a nation that is on an economic and consumer-expectations journey? 
  • What kind of production-linked incentives are going to drive the tech ecosystem in India? 
  • What are the opportunities around pilots of critical tech for both domestic and international industrials? 
  • How are the CBAM headwinds driving policy discussions and planning? 
  • How will India’s unique approach to expanding renewables open up opportunities for investors and others in this energy transition? 
  • The two big climate commitments in India are net zero emissions by 2070 and meeting fifty percent of electricity requirements from renewable energy sources by 2030
  • What are the practical implications for these targets (land use, water, carbon capture) 
  • What could this mean for a developing economy and how people will live? 
  • What is the size of the opportunity? 
  • What are the technology and alternative material requirements developing 

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