Special talk with Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

Abstract: India’s development needs underscore its energy-related challenges. India is struggling with a peak electricity shortage of the order of 7%. It still has close to 75 million households with no access to electricity. The deficit in access to modern cooking energy is even larger. By 2050 its population could be around 1.7 billion and the economy could grow ten-fold, with a commensurate increase in the demand for resources. Yet, as the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases (although far behind China and the United States), India has to be conscious of the climate-related constraints imposed on its energy and development pathways. What are the drivers of energy and emissions in India? My presentation will focus on factors on the demand and supply side, namely energy access, energy security, energy efficiency, policy and regulation, innovative finance, and opportunities for job creation. The presentation will also aim to stimulate a discussion on specific areas of research and technology collaboration between India and the United States (including with Stanford).

Bio: Dr. Arunabha Ghosh is CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India’s top-ranked climate think-tank for the last two years in a row. In January 2014 CEEW was ranked 1st in India across three categories in the Global Go To Think Tank Index. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, and fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. With experience in 35 countries and having worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP and WTO, Arunabha advises governments, industry and civil society around the world on: energy and resources security; renewable energy; water governance; climate governance; energy-trade-climate linkages; and international regime design. Arunabha is on the Board of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, and a founding Board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN). Dr Ghosh has presented to heads of state, India’s Parliament, the European Parliament, Brazil’s Senate, and other legislatures; trained ministers in Central Asia; and hosted a documentary on water set out of Africa. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard

Arunabha’s publications include: first report on India and global governance, India’s National Water Resources Framework Study, first evaluation of India’s National Solar Mission, power sector reforms (for India’s Prime Minister’s Office), India’s 2030 renewable energy roadmap (with IRENA, forthcoming), strategic industries (for India’s National Security Advisory Board), resource nexus and India’s foreign policy (for NSAB), governance of climate engineering technologies for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, clean energy subsidies for the Rio+20 Summit, three UNDP Human Development Reports, business models for off-grid energy, energy storage technologies, alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons, Bihar’s minor irrigation strategy, urban water and sanitation in India, and Collective Action for Water Security and Sustainability. Arunabha has a Doctorate from Oxford, and topped Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Date and Time: 
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:00am
Y2E2 room 101
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Precourt Institute for Energy
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