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Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Teaching us new ways to network?

There are events in history when disruptive changes become a new shared reality, forcing us to take a leap of faith into unchartered territory. The COVID-19 pandemic and its local, national and global health and safety regulations has changed the face of our people to people connections. As we vacate those hallways, we construct new networks, overcoming the physical with the virtual. In times like this adoption of innovation, technology and networked communications could be prescribed to keep the show going. But is India ready to adapt to this niche behaviour in the short term or do we still have miles to go and some hardships to overcome, even in a post COVID lockdown world?

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Stay energized in 2020: People’s Actions Matter

My energy pledge for the year 2020 is to work closely with people, government and businesses to help build a new era that boasts a culture of energy efficiency in India. One question that I regularly get asked is what actions common people can take to help build a culture of energy efficiency in India.

I strongly believe that citizen participation that builds the cultural fabric of the society wields the most influence on both government and businesses…

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Our Office is Future Ready

Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy has moved from our old office space in New Delhi at Saira Towers in Yusuf Sarai to our country office space at 37 Link Road, Lajpat Nagar III, ground floor. Our future ready office, powers our rapidly growing teams and sustained efforts to build a culture of energy efficiency in India. We are walking the talk here!..

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Label Homes, Not People!

As climate change continues to manifest itself in irregular weather patterns with catastrophic impacts on life and property, it is becoming increasingly important to apply mechanisms that sustain liveable conditions in our urban centres. This is particularly important for a developing economy like India, with a large growing population, amidst stressed urban infrastructure. The onus to build and sustain resilient communities lies as much with the individual consumers as with policy makers – and for this, reliable and accessible information is key to influence consumers and markets to make informed choices…

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Thermal Comfort for All is a Priority in a Warming Planet

Intro: Have you not marvelled at the cool comfort you get when you step barefoot into rural homes with tiled or thatched roofs, and mud-floor. What a contrast these are to urban concrete cubicles. Is it possible to build more houses like that? Where do we begin?
Just eight per cent of Indian houses have air conditioners (ACs). Fans, air-coolers, open or shaded windows continue to be the best ways to cool dwellings. Air-conditioners, despite the steady increase in efficiency will not be affordable for a vast majority…

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Let’s Charge Up: India’s Electric Buses

In March 2019, the Department of Heavy Industries announced the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme with a budget of INR 100 billion focusing on electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure. The scheme provides demand incentives to bring down the high initial capital investment required for electric vehicles for public and commercial transport…

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