COBENEFITS Policy Report

The Pol­i­cy Report com­piles key find­ings from our assess­ments and for­mu­lates pol­i­cy actions to har­ness the social and eco­nom­ic co-ben­e­fits of renew­ables.


COBENEFITS Studies in India

Main study results     

The stud­ies show how the imple­men­ta­tion of renew­able ener­gy resources can have a pos­i­tive impact on job cre­ation, elec­tric­i­ty access and health.

India can marked­ly improve the liveli­hoods of its cit­i­zens by reduc­ing ambi­ent air pol­lu­tion. By imple­ment­ing strate­gies for deep­er decar­bon­i­sa­tion (NDC PLUS), more than 200,000 pre­ma­ture deaths can be avoid­ed in 2050. India can sig­nif­i­cant­ly cut eco­nom­ic loss­es by green­ing the econ­o­my and deploy­ing renew­able ener­gy sources. By fol­low­ing the NDC PLUS path­way, eco­nom­ic loss­es in 2050 could be reduced by as much as INR 12 tril­lion (USD 168.6 bil­lion).

Elec­tric­i­ty access
Solar mini-grid sys­tems can bridge the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion gap in uncon­nect­ed vil­lages and dri­ve eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment around rur­al clus­ters. The imple­men­ta­tion of Solar mini grids would improve rur­al edu­ca­tion in India, as most schools in remote areas expe­ri­ence con­tin­u­ous pow­er cuts which impede the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion that the stu­dents receive. Solar-pow­ered mini-grids of high installed pow­er capac­i­ty can remain eco­nom­i­cal­ly viable and cost-com­pet­i­tive with the cen­tralised grid in rur­al areas of India.

Job cre­ation
India can sig­nif­i­cant­ly boost employ­ment through the pow­er sec­tor by increas­ing the share of renew­ables. The  renew­able ener­gy sec­tor will be the largest employ­ee in the future Indi­an pow­er sec­tor. More than 3.2 mil­lion peo­ple  can  be employed in renew­ables by 2050. The renew­able ener­gy sec­tor could employ five times more peo­ple by 2050  than the entire Indi­an fos­sil-fuel sec­tor employs today.




COBENEFITS Council Members in India

  • Min­istry of Envi­ron­ment, For­est and Cli­mate Change

  • Min­istry of New and Renew­able Ener­gy

  • Min­istry of Pow­er

  • Min­istry of Finance

  • Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare

  • Min­istry of Labour and Employ­ment

  • NITI Aayog

COBENEFITS Focal Point in India

The Ener­gy and Resources Insti­tute (TERI) is a New Del­hi-based think tank ded­i­cat­ed to con­duct­ing research for the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of India and the Glob­al South. TERI was estab­lished in 1974 as an infor­ma­tion cen­tre on ener­gy issues. How­ev­er, over the fol­low­ing decades, it made its mark as a research insti­tute whose pol­i­cy and tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions trans­formed people’s lives and the envi­ron­ment. TERI’s key focus lies in pro­mot­ing clean ener­gy, water man­age­ment, pol­lu­tion man­age­ment, sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, and cli­mate resilience.


How we benefit from renewables: Video statements from India

Chan­dra­pal Yadav (41) lives in a vil­lage in the area of Kan­pur, India. He explains how his com­mu­ni­ty ben­e­fits from solar pow­er.


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Chhaya Tiwari (36), com­mu­ni­ty leader in Fateh­pur, India, explains why she wants to con­vince more peo­ple in her dis­trict to use bio­gas and solar pow­er.


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