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Bringing Economic and Energy Efficiency

Bringing economic and energy efficiency priorities together in a post-pandemic world

The COVID-19 crises have put to the forefront grave challenges that are not just limited to the healthcare sector. Along with a staggering public-health turmoil, the economic repercussions of the pandemic have been alarming in the country with the contraction of GDP in Q1 of 2020 by 23.9% and the loss of jobs in April with the announcement of lockdown has been estimated to be at an alarming high of 122 million.

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Cooling as a developmental need in human habitat

Over the past decade, rising temperatures have added to the enormity of India’s developmental challenges. Rising temperatures present a grave danger to both food (nutrition) security and public health, making access to cooling a necessity for all sections of the population.

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The time is right for global alliances to harmonize Vaccine Supply Chains

While putting 1.3 billion people in lockdown in India due to the threats of the spread of COVID-19 might be the biggest social experiment in the history of humanity, its socio-economic impacts will not be equally spread. To begin with, the mitigation calls for coordinated negotiations between the up-sizing and down-sizing of the government machinery, calling for ‘g-local’ (global decisions impacting local actions) and affordable solutions which remain accessible to the most vulnerable sections of the society and most importantly, the will and capacity of the state to undertake fundamental changes.

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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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