"India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and its
transition to a low-carbon economy is crucial to meeting the goals of the Paris
Agreement. But unfortunately, the nation is still clinging firmly to coal.
Our new research considered this problem, drawing on a case study in the Angul
district, India’s largest coal reserve in the eastern state of Odisha.
We found three main factors slowing the energy transition: strong political and
community support for coal, a lack of alternative economic activities, and deep
ties between coal and other industries such as rail.
India must step away from coal, while maintaining economic growth and not
leaving millions of people in coal-mining regions worse off. Our research
probes this wicked problem in detail and suggests ways forward."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics