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Shankar Sharma: High GDP growth centred paradigm and GHG emissions

Shankar Sharma, ORF Energy News Monitor

Whereas many conventional economic analysts argue that in order to have adequate human development index the countrys economy has to grow continuously at an appreciable rate, a densely populated and resource constrained society such as ours cannot afford to ignore the implications of high energy / material consumption (which will be a consequence of high growth of the economy). As the table below indicates, whereas the economy will grow by 300% in 36 years at Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4%, it takes only 18 years to grow the economy by 400% at 10% CAGR. In this context it is essential to address the question how much energy / material consumption increase is considered acceptable?

Time taken for economy to get multiplied at constant CAGR

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A ‘People’s Report’ on Climate Change in Karnataka

Shankar Sharma

climate karnataka

On World Environment Day, Karnataka’s chief minister Siddharamaiah released a people’s report on the action plan needed to ‘mitigate’ and ‘adapt’ to Climate Change issues in the state of Karnataka.  This report was prepared because of the efforts of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

The report is termed as “people’s report” because it is based on wide ranging consultations held in different parts of the state in 21 meetings between 28th Jan and 5th May, most of them being public consultations covering all districts of the state.  People from diverse background such as teachers, college Professors, Doctors, engineers, NGOs, state govt. employees, college students, women, activists, industrialists, farmers and others participated actively in the public consultations.

Keeping in view that there were about 2,000 people who participated in these meetings, and more than 1,000 people have contributed to this report, it is reasonable to state that the report represents public’s expectations on the state’s developmental pathway keeping in view the issues of Climate Change in proper perspective. Few overarching principles with reference to successive governments in India are also described along with the state’s strengths and constraints. These recommendations are expected to be included in the state’s action plan on CC.Keeping in view the serious threats of Climate Change faced by our communities the larger civil society cannot afford to leave all such planning/implementation initiatives to the authorities alone, knowing well how such issues have been acted on in the past.  So it is in the collective interest that the larger civil society should do all that is possible to persuade the state govt. to prepare a specific and detailed action plan for the state to ‘mitigate’ and ‘adapt’ to Climate Change. It would be highly desirable if such public consultations are undertaken in every state effectively involving all sections of the society.

You can send your feedback on the report to:
Shankar Sharma
Power Policy Analyst
# 1026, 5th Main Road, E&F Block, Ramakrishna Nagara
Mysore, Karnataka, India – 570022
Phone: 0821 2462333 & 94482 72503

The IMF’s “shocking” estimate of fossil fuel costs: There’s more to the story

Sajai Jose

Credit: CGP Grey/Flickr, CC-BY 2.0
Credit: CGP Grey/FlickrCC-BY 2.0

Recently, when an International Monetary Fund research paper revealed that the actual cost of fossil fuel usage for 2015 was a staggering US$ 5.3 trillion (approx. 340 lakh crore rupees), it made headlines worldwide, though it went largely unreported in India.

What accounts for the bulk of this figure are the hidden costs of fossil fuel use – referred to as ‘externalities’ in economics calculated in monetary value. Most of it consists of damages inflicted by fossil fuel use on public health (for eg. deaths from air pollution) and the environment (global warming). Read more…

Shankar Sharma: Letter to concerned ministers on fossil fuel subsidies


Sri. Piyush Goyal
Union Minister for Coal, Power and Renewable Energy
Govt. of India, New Delhi

Copy with complements:
Sri. Prakash Javadekar
Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change
Govt. of India, New Delhi

Sri. Arun Jaitely
Union Minister for Finance
Govt. of India, New Delhi

Sri Naredra Modi
Prime Minister
Govt. of India, New Delhi

Dated 22nd  May, 2015

Dear Sri. Goyal,

Greetings from Mysore, Karnataka.

This has reference to the large number of coal power projects being planned, along with the large number of coal mines being auctioned in the country.

Whereas the civil society organizations in the country have been expressing their serious concerns on social and environmental impacts of relying on coal power, even the economic issues of coal power has come to the fore in recent years.  A hugely authoritative report by IMF few days ago has focused on the unbelievably large subsidies being provided to fossil fuel companies. It says that the fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year. A related article in The Guardian of UK is as in the link below. Read more…

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