Resources & Sustainable Development

India has been on the brink of adverse impacts of climate change given its huge population, inequality and poverty. As the country is growing, massive energy intensive infrastructure is being put in place and will continue to be put up in the coming future. With the unabated growth and spiraling emissions, the country is at a precarious position to be one of the largest polluters in the world. While, India is developing a strategy for low carbon growth with its ambitious renewable energy targets, a lot remains to be done.

The India Office of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung supports the expansion of renewable energies, by showcasing policy options and experiences from the “energy transition” in Germany. We aim at a sustainable production and use of natural resources, working towards realizing improved resource governance, especially in the area of water resources. We also contribute to the discussion about “development” in India – what it is, and what it could (or should) be all about – and promote debate and knowledge generation towards new and alternative forms of production and consumption, in India and worldwide.

Events & Announcements


Perspectives Asia: Asia for Future

While Asia is home to some of the fastest growing economies and some of the world’s top polluters, it is also one of the regions worst hit by climate change. This edition of Perspectives Asia presents the work of climate change activists in Asia who are calling their governments and people to action. They are raising their voices, some of them despite severe restrictions on the right of free assembly and freedom of speech.

Energy Atlas: Figures and facts about renewables in Europe

The European Energy Atlas 2018 is published at a time when the EU Member States are discussing their energy and climate strategy until 2013. It thereby not only provides a compass on the differing energy discussions in Europe but also reveals how a Europeanization of the energy transition will be the more efficient and cost-effective option for all Europeans.

Vikalp Sangam core group statement on the need for creative, long-term alternatives in view of COVID-19

As India and the world face a completely unprecedented crisis due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, the first and immediate response must be health and treatment facilities, physical distancing, relief and basic needs packages to workers, basic need services, and other such measures that both reduce the risk of spread as also provide economic and survival security to those worst affected not only by infection but by the shutdown of ordinary life.

पर्यावरणिय विनिमय और कोविड-19 के बाद आर्थिक तंगहाली से उबार

24 मार्च 2020 को केन्द्र सरकार ने भारत भर में लाकडाउन की घोषणा कर दी ताकि एक्यूट रेसपिरेटोरी सिन्ड्रोम कोरोनावाईरस 2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)) से उपजने वाले कोरोनावाईरस के नए रुप कोविड-19 (novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)) बिमारी को भारत में फैलने से रोका जा सके। राज्य द्वारा सामाजिक और आर्थिक सहयोग दिए जाने के अभाव में लाकडाउन काफी कठोर साबित हुआ, हालांकि सामाजिक-स्वास्थ्य की दृष्टी से यह अहम था। पहले से चरमराई अर्थव्यवस्था को इस  विश्व्यापी महामारी के कारण भारी नुकसान उठाना पड़ा। इससे अंर्तराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर होनेवाले विभिन्न प्रकार के माल के व्यापार लगभग बंद हो गए। इसके कारण लाखों मघ्यम व लघु उद्योग और सेवाप्रदाता उद्यम बंद हो गए। इसके साथ-साथ असंगठित और दिहाड़ी मजदूर अचानक बेरोजगार हो गए। दूसरी तरफ, पर्यावरण में काफी तबदीलियां भी आईं जैसे कि प्रदूषित शहरों में ताज़ी हवा का बहना, नदियों का बहना और पक्षियों और पशुओं का वापस अपने उजड़े ठौर-ठिकाने पर वापस लौट जाना। औद्योगिकरण और शहरी इलाकों में होने वाले निमार्ण-कार्य का प्रभाव पर्यावरणिय प्रदूषण बढ़ाने में किस हद तक योगदान देता है, यह बात कोविड-19 के दौरान हुई लाकडाउन के दौरान पर्यावरण में जो तबदीली देखी गई उसी से समझ में आती है।
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India’s energy transition: Potential and prospects

The book captures India’s potential for a large scale energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. It analyses whether the ambitious renewable energy targets that India has set upon itself are possible and also provides ideas and recommendations that will help realize energy access for all in the country.

Informing the Indo-German solar energy partnership

India’s ambitious solar power target of achieving 100 gigawatt (GW) by 2022 faces several impediments. A series of consultations were organized to understand the challenges from a broad group of stakeholders and to seek inputs on solar policy requirements to pave way for India’s energy transition.


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The Ocean Atlas

Overfishing, the loss of biodiversity, and an immense pollution – the seas are under stress. The Ocean Atlas 2017 delivers in more than 40 infographics and articles all the relevant data, facts and contexts.

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