CPR and IEA discussion on 'Unpacking the IEA’s India Energy Outlook 2021: The sectoral transitions underpinning long-term scenarios'
Presentation on the India Energy Outlook 2021 by:
– Head of Division, Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks, International Energy Agency
R. P Gupta – Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)
– Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources InstituteTejal Kanitkar
– Associate Professor, National Institute of Advanced Sciences
Navroz K. Dubash – Professor, CPR and Coordinator, CPR Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment
About the Discussion
The India Energy Outlook (IEO) 2021 is a new special report from the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook series. It takes stock of the progress India has made in delivering reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to a growing population, and the challenges that lie ahead. Using the latest available data on energy technologies and markets, including the recent impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the report explores different pathways out of the crisis and the longer-term impacts on India’s energy supply, demand and investment.
The Outlook is based on detailed modelling of a set of scenarios for India’s energy sector evolution to 2040, exploring the consequences of India’s energy policy choices. The report explores the overarching trajectories of energy demand and emissions, including a low-emission pathway that is consistent with a longer‐term drive to net zero emissions, and presents insights on cross-cutting sectoral issues as well as clean energy finance and air pollution.
This event will feature a presentation on the India Energy Outlook and a discussion on the developmental implications of India’s energy and emissions futures. The panel will attempt to unpack the key assumptions underpinning the various scenarios and interpret policy decisions that could shift India’s pathway towards sustainability.
About the Participants
Tim Gould is Head of Division, Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks at the International Energy Agency. Tim Gould is co-head of the World Energy Outlook series at the Paris-based IEA. He designs the work together with the IEA’s Chief Energy Modeller and contributes to the Outlook as a principal author. He oversees the IEA's analysis of energy investment, including the World Energy Investment report. The World Energy Outlook is the IEA’s flagship publication and one of the world’s most authoritative sources for strategic insight on energy and environmental trends. It covers all fuels and energy technologies and uses different scenarios to illustrate the choices that can lead towards a more secure and sustainable energy future.
R. P. Gupta is an IAS Officer of 1987 Batch of Gujarat cadre. He did B. Tech. from IIT, Kanpur in Aeronautical Engineering. He has taken over charge as Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 1st June 2020. Prior to this, he was in NITI Aayog as Special Secretary and Additional Secretary, dealing with the subjects of Energy, Transport, Health, Education and Rural & Urban Development, from 2017 onwards till May 2020. Earlier, he had worked as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Coal from 2015 to 2017.
Ajay Shankar is a Distinguished Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) who has been in public service for over 45 years. He was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and retired as Secretary, Department of Industrial, Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Government of India. He has been Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power. He played a key role in the enactment of the Electricity Act, 2003, and in the conceptualization and launch of the national program for Rural Electrification. He was closely associated with the design of the National Solar Mission, and was instrumental in promoting private sector participation in the power sector.
Tejal Kanitar is an Associate Professor at the National Institute for Advanced Sciences, Bengaluru. Her research focusses on integrating perspectives from the natural sciences, engineering, and the social sciences to understand policy shifts and advancements in the energy sector in terms of their importance for development outcomes and economic progress. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Professor Kanitkar holds a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and is widely published in the areas of energy, development, and climate policy.
Navroz K. Dubash is a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research who has been actively engaged in global and national debates on climate change, air quality, energy and water for over 25 years. Dr. Dubash is Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC, serves on the UNEP Emissions Gap Report Steering Committee, and has advised the Indian government on climate change, energy, air and water policy for over a decade, including as a member of the committee on a Long-Term Strategy for Low Carbon Development for India. He has written two books, edited ten volumes, and published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. His most recent edited book is India in a Warming World (OUP, 2019).