Virtual event on February 10, 2021 | 09:00–10:45 AM (CET) | 1:30–3:15 PM (IST)
Hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) India and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Germany
India along with many economies around the world is being severely affected by the spread and impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. A new Policy Report published by TERI and IASS suggests that the new energy world of renewables and the decarbonisation of India’s power sector have strong roles to play in reviving the economy and the health system by boosting employment, fostering rural electrification as foundation of local value creation, and, importantly, unburdening national health systems by reducing the prevalence of respiratory diseases.
India can double the number of jobs through the power sector by 2030, and save around 2 Lakh premature deaths related to air pollution by 2050 by following an ambitious decarbonisation pathway. On top of that, renewables improve the reliability of energy supply in rural areas of India, reducing the number of blackouts experienced with grid electrification to a third. COVID-19 has put India’s economy and health system under enormous stress — by unlocking these opportunities, the government will provide important stimuli for a green and sustainable recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to re-energise the health system and the national economy.
The virtual policy dialogue will present key findings on the socio-economic opportunities related to different renewable energy pathways for India, along with challenges and policy options to realize these opportunities for people of India. The event is organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam in the context of the international COBENEFITS project under Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) with the support of the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF).
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