Policy Tracker

Forging the future: COP18 and beyond

The year’s biggest climate conference has started in Doha, Qatar earlier this week. There is much at stake as the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol comes to an end this year with no clear direction

Shaping Sustainable Development to 2017

Upcoming GOI plans for sustainable habitat have a significant emphasis on plans/initiatives related to mass transit. Transportation and mobility infrastructure that India requires in this next orbit of growth is best exemplified by the theme of the 12th five year plan (2012-17) - “Faster, Sustainable and More Inclusive”.  

Author: Ratnakar Gedam

Amidst investor demands, is a policy framework for Sustainability Reporting on the horizon?

Among the many activities and initiatives gaining steam in the run up to the Rio+20 summit in June 2012, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition is ramping up efforts to get UN member countries “to commit to develop a policy framework on corporate sustainability reporting.”

Author: Shradha Kapur

Post-Durban Climate Summit: What should be India’s Strategy?

The article presents a synopsis of the discussions at the Durban COP, the potential implications for India’s position on climate change and stresses on the need for India to step up as a leader to safeguard the growth needs of the developing world.

Author: Vijeta Rattani

E-Waste Rules rolled out, but is the Indian Industry Prepared?

The E-waste Rules come into effect from May 2012, but the lack of binding targets and the unpreparedness of the Indian Industry paints a dismal picture for its meaningful adoption.

Author: Roselin Dey

Multiple sustainability standards make reporting an arduous task for India Inc.

This article is a reflection piece on the lack of a true business case for companies to take up an even strenuous exercise of reporting under product specific or domain specific standards in the absence of a policy mandate. 

Author: Roselin Dey

Indian Solar Sector – Shining or hiding behind the clouds?

National Solar Mission’s second round of bidding for the remaining 350MW of Phase I that concluded in November’11 surprised industry veterans not only in India but across the globe with the price touching an all-time low of Rs 7.49/kWh.