University of Wisconsin–Madison

M.P. Ram Mohan

Renewable Energy Development in India in the Context of Climate Change

India has experienced a high growth trajectory in last few decades due to the initiation of a number of economic, institutional and legal reforms. Energy resources – their access and availability remain crucial to sustaining the growth momentum. To achieve this, Government of India is actively pursuing capacity enhancement all the available energy forms – coal, hydro, nuclear and renewable. Currently, coal remains the primary energy resource, and this is likely to remain so for many years. As India develops there are strong voices within the government and outside questioning the current development model and its impact on the environment. In 2008, the Indian government adopted a National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) – outlining existing and future policies and programs addressing climate mitigation and adaptation. NAPCC identifies measures that promote the development objectives while also yielding co-benefits for addressing climate change effectively. The talk discusses India’s energy and climate change policy and critically reviews its impact.

Prior to joining TERI, M.P. Ram Mohan was with the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata where he taught courses on energy and international environmental law. At NUJS he was coordinating the activities of School of Technology, Law and Development. He started his career as an advocate practicing before the District Court, Trivandrum Kerala. IUCN has recognized him as the India Focal point of IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.

This Lecture is co-sponsored by The University Lectures Committee, The Wisconsin International Law Society, The Wisconsin International Law Journal, The Global Legal Studies Center, & The South Asia LegalStudies Working Group