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Strapped for Cash: Union Budget 2014 & the Sustainability Agenda

By : Sustainability ..., Jul 12, 2014

"India unhesitatingly desires to grow… the country is in no mood to suffer unemployment, inadequate basic amenities, lack of infrastructure and apathetic governance." These were some of the opening remarks to preface the first budget of the newly minted BJP government. There...

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Shaping a Sustainable India

By : Sustainability ..., May 16, 2014

 As we look forward to election results and the formation of the new government today, we take a moment to recap key news trends leading up to May to create a sustainability ‘primer’ for our new government: 

1. India’s energy intensity indicates a worrisome...

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Mitigating ESG risks requires innovative, robust policy framework

By : Sustainability ..., May 14, 2014

Guest contributor Rupam Raja, partner at Transaction Servics Practice in ERM India, examines the drive for proactive evaluation and management of environmental, social and governance outcomes associated with the activities of India Inc.

As we...

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The sustainability primer for Congress, BJP and AAP policies

By : Sustainability ..., Apr 10, 2014

The recently released manifestos for all parties are supportive but devoid of exact details for their vision of a resource efficient India. While BJP broadly commits to a ‘clean energy revolution to end blackouts and revive economic growth’, the party has been tight-lipped...

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Secondary steel sector: policy stability, quality access to energy, and risk support needed

By : Sustainability ..., Apr 2, 2014

Energy efficiency is critical for secondary steel manufacturers where margins are increasingly getting squeezed by surging production costs and unavailability of affordable raw materials. These MSMEs need the right combination of energy policies at the state and central level...

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Commercial element to drive large clean energy opportunities in India

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 5, 2014

There is potentially a US$5-6bn opportunity for clean energy in India, according to Ashish Sethia, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, who spoke in a presentation to TiE clean energy entrepreneurs last month. Indian renewable energy markets are driven...

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Unified call for resource pricing, stable policies by Indian officials and world leaders

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 12, 2014

“Energy subsidies must go,” stated Planning Commission member B K Chaturvedi at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit on Saturday.

Chaturvedi emphasized that achieving efficiency in use of energy; adding renewable energy generation, and removing subsidies to enable...

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Enhancing trade competitiveness through sustainable shipping in India

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 22, 2013

Shipping is generally a low energy, low cost and a low impact method for freight transport on a per ton-km basis. In India, the push to sustainable shipping is twofold:

1) Efficiency for Trade: India incurs high logistics costs compared to other countries....

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Rajasthan an innovation cluster for solar? Creating more innovation clusters in India

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 22, 2013

Rajasthan was cited as a potential innovation hub for solar energy, according to Professor Glyn Davis, keynote speaker at the Australian Trade Commission Innovation Showcase held in New Delhi last week. 

Briefly commenting on India, Davis used Rajasthan, Gujarat and...

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Will the Sun Shine?

By : Anindita Chakraborty, Feb 27, 2013

It’s not just the budget allocation; the solar industry needs streamlining of operational policies as well. This article takes a look at the industry expectations and demands ahead of the Union Budget 2013. 

The Budget session has started and speculators are...

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