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Energy infrastructure for a high humane and low corbon future


  • B. Sudhkara Reddy

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)


Presently India is facing the twin challenge of energy universalization as well as emission reduction. Nearly 0.4 billion people in India- mostly residing in rural areas- do not have access to electricity and more than 0.8 billion people do not use modern cooking fuels. Provision of energy services however needs to take into account the global temperatures rise, which if to be limited to 2øC more from its pre-industrial value, Green House Gas (GHG) emissions must be halved by 2050 from its 1990 level. Energy infrastructure plays a key role to meet this dual challenge of universalization of energy services and reduction of energy-induced emissions. Assessing India's infrastructure, this study presents the high humane (Energy universalization) and low carbon scenarios and discusses investment needs, financing mechanisms and the key policy issues.

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  • B. Sudhkara Reddy & Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan, 2010. "Energy infrastructure for a high humane and low corbon future," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2010-007, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:igiwpp:2010-007

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    1. Gangopadhyay, Shubhashis & Ramaswami, Bharat & Wadhwa, Wilima, 2005. "Reducing subsidies on household fuels in India: how will it affect the poor?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(18), pages 2326-2336, December.
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    Energy climate nexus; Energy universalization; Infrastructure Investments; Financing mechanisms; Energy efficiency;

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    • P28 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Natural Resources; Environment
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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