Hot air: climate negotiations and India

This report traces the evolution of India's climate policy and its stance at climate negotiations over the last few decades. It also asks: how India has championed the cause of the developing world? It looks at the extent to which India's climate policy has evolved due to internal compulsions and how much due to external pressures. It examines why India insists on carrying on with coal-based power generation and why Indian policymakers insist on low-carbon rather than no-carbon; what are the prospects of India's ambitious solar programme; what role can renewable sources play in improving energy access. It also looks at what India is taking to the Paris COP and what it wants out of the deal; in the medium and long terms, what direction will India's climate policy take, and what will be the effect of this on India's energy and development scenarios.

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