The Climate Policy Lab (CPL) will begin its work in India with a focus on green industrialization, green finance, and synergistic development policies to support India’s efforts to be a regional and global leader in effective climate policy. CPL will pursue its mission of determining which climate policies work, which don’t, and why in the Indian context. This will be accomplished by conducting research, informing policy, and fostering capacity building in India and also hosting Indian scholars and practitioners at The Fletcher School.
In March 2019, CPL travelled to Delhi and Andhra Pradesh, India, together with scientists from our partner institution Woods Hole Research Center. The goals of the trip were to begin establishing research partnerships focused on green growth strategies, green finance, and climate policy, as well as planning potential training and exchange programs. We were able to begin planning collaboration with institutions such as the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW). A site visit allowed us to learn about the Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) experiment in Andhra Pradesh and to begin planning research around measuring the benefits of this experiment.
CIERP Research Fellow Fang Zhang is working to find how government agencies in India can mobilize more domestic green finance and what kinds of policies can be most effective by focusing on renewable energy sectors. Her research aims to identify the major actors financing renewables in India, understand the key factors that shape their (e.g., banks’) decisions on financing renewables, and study the influence of governments and domestic policy in the whole process. Her research also explores how governments in other countries, such as the United States, Germany, and China, mobilize their domestic finance to support renewables, and whether these policy experiences and lessons can be applied in the national context of India.
CIERP Research Fellow Easwaran Narassimhan is working to understand the relationship between a country’s developmental and climate objectives and the nature of green industrial policy. He also aims to understand how the industrial policy mix in-turn shapes social and economic outcomes such as employment and energy access. His project compares the green industrial policies of China and India in the power generation and automobile sectors.
India was one of Climate Policy Lab’s case studies in a large BRI research project, because it is a recipient of Chinese overseas finance for coal-fired power plants.
Beginning in 2005, Professor Gallagher directed the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) group at Harvard University that focused on the United States, China, and India. The India work at ETIP was led by Dr. Ambuj Sagar, who is the new founding dean of the School of Public Policy at IIT-Delhi.