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No discussion of global climate change can ignore India, and no discussion of India’s energy future can ignore coal, which provides about half of India’s energy. Coal dominates because it is available domestically and cheap (especially without a carbon tax). If the global focus is on the energy transition, how does India ensure a just transition? Managing winners and losers will be the single largest challenge for India’s energy policy.
Across 18 chapters, drawing from leading experts in the field, we examine all aspects of coal’s future in India. We find no easy answers, but attempt to combine the big picture with details, bringing them together to offer a range of policy options.
The agenda for the launch (online) includes:
2. Introduction to the book, by Rahul Tongia, Fellow, Brookings India
3. Keynote Address by Anil Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Govt. of India
4. Panel discussion and Q&A featuring:
Anil Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Govt. of India
Ajay Mathur – DG, TERI and Co-Chair, Energy Transitions Commission
Partha Bhattacharyya, former Chairman, Coal India Limited
Rahul Tongia, Fellow, Brookings India (moderator)
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Renewable energy growth has been strong but won’t be enough to avoid more coal. India’s focus should be on cleaning up coal, instead of wishing it away.