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CEEW Energy Access Dialogue

21 Feb 2019   |   1000 – 1200

Organised by CEEW

About the Event

The first edition of the CEEW Energy Access Dialogue will focus on two aspects of access to clean cooking energy. We will discuss the pattern of household consumption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), based on an analysis of LPG sales data from distributorships in Karnataka. This session will aim to cover ground on the prevalence of fuel stacking in LPG-consuming households, and the difference in consumption between Ujjwala- and non-Ujjwala-households.

In the following session, we will deliberate the extent of inclusion and exclusion of various social groups under Ujjwala Yojana. We aim to intersect findings from our recent ACCESS study with the implementation guidelines of the scheme to identify procedural inequities and their impact on programmatic outcomes.

The CEEW Energy Access Dialogue is envisioned as a quarterly forum where researchers and practitioners will discuss their ongoing work in energy access, deliberate on its implications, explore possibilities for collaborative work, and review immediate priorities in the energy access space.

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National Dialogue
Phasing Down HFCs in India: Incentives and Regulations

07 Mar 2019   |   0930 – 1300

Organised by CEEW and Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA)

About the Event

At this National Dialogue, we aim to deliberate on the challenges and ways ahead for India to meet its Kigali Amendment commitments, while ensuring gains on other domestic development and growth frontlines. The Dialogue is a culmination of a year-long study based on in-depth interviews with over 60 key stakeholders including primary refrigerant consumers, refrigerant manufacturers and suppliers, industry association representatives, consultants and service providers, and commercial users of products.

The Dialogue will bring together key government representatives and industry stakeholders to discuss incentives and regulatory approaches to support India’s eventual HFCs phase-down.

The Dialogue aims to provide insights on:

  • The challenges in creating an ecosystem for a successful refrigerant transition in India
  • The role of policies to ensure gains for programme like Make-in India, Skill India Mission, Energy Efficiency Mission, Doubling of Farmer’s Income, and others, while enabling India’s refrigerant transition
  • Potential regulatory options for India’s impending HFC transition

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Beyond Saubhagya: Next Steps for Power Sector Reforms in Uttar Pradesh

13 Feb 2019   |   0930 – 1335

Organised by CEEW and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF)

About the Event

The electricity landscape has rapidly evolved in Uttar Pradesh (UP) in recent years. Since the roll-out of Saubhagya, more than 74 lac new consumers have been added to the electricity grid and the state has officially been declared 100 per cent electrified. Despite the growth aspects and increasing demand for electricity, the state-owned discoms are hard-pressed by recurring losses.

At this roundtable, we will present the findings from the two major household surveys on consumer experience of electricity services to steer a multi-stakeholder discussion. The discussion will bring together sector experts, officials from distribution companies and electricity regulatory commission and civil society representatives, among others to deliberate on the need to look beyond access to basic electricity services. The objective of the workshop is to chart a path for universally accessible, reliable, quality, affordable and clean power supply to the consumers in the years ahead. To achieve this, it is imperative to hear from key stakeholders, their views on the findings of the survey and help chart a work plan for the actors in the sector for the short to medium term.

CEEW conducted two studies, across 24 districts in UP, in 2018 to assess the opportunities and threats for power sector. The recent survey, conducted in collaboration with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) in the summer of 2018, carried across 10 districts, complements the ACCESS Survey, and highlights the challenges with metering, billing, and collection at the household-level in both rural and urban UP. This study analyses the perception of households towards electricity theft and non-technical losses, and attempts to unpack the determinants of consumer compliance.

Our 2015 study on energy access studied the energy consumption in more than 3,000 households, spread over 250 villages in 18 districts across the state. In 2018, we revisited the households to understand the changes in their energy consumption patterns, and to study the impact of government policies during intervening three years. The analysis from the gathered data provides a first-of-its-kind multi-dimensional and longitudinal view on energy access in the state.

Since February 2018, The Council’s Lucknow team, supported by the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), has been working towards building an "affordable, reliable and accountable” power sector in Uttar Pradesh.

For event queries

Riddhima Sethi

Communications Associate


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Key speakers

  • Sanjay Goyal

    Managing Director
    Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited

  • S.K. Agarwal

    Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission

  • Radhika Sharma

    Program Associate
    Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF)

  • Vikas Chandra Agarwal

    Director - Distribution
    Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission

  • R. Hema

    Associate Professor, Madras School of Economics

  • Ashok Pendse

    Consumer Advocate, Maharashtra

  • R.D. Pal

    Former-Ombudsman, Uttar Pradesh

  • Syed Mohd. Haseeb

    Chairman, Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum, Lucknow
    Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited

  • Karthik Ganesan

    Research Fellow
    Council on Energy, Environment and Water

  • Sunil Mani

    Research Analyst
    Council on Energy, Environment and Water

  • Kanika Balani

    Research Analyst
    Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)


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Post-COP24 Press statement

“The Paris Rulebook finalised in Katowice last week is another stepping stone towards genuine collective action on climate change. However, it falls short of raising ambitions, weakens responsibilities of historic emitters and ignores the pressing need of immediate climate action. Moreover, COP24 has failed to maintain adequate balance between action and support,” said Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), at the end of climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland.

Below, we compare The Council’s Pre-COP expectations to final outcomes achieved at Katowice.

Climate science heard but not recognised at Katowice

Pre-negotiations, The Council highlighted that science must guide collective action on the basis of equity at COP24. Unfortunately, the findings of the IPCC special 1.5C report were dismissed by a few countries in Katowice and the final text of the Rulebook failed to mention the urgency for climate action raised by the report. “We must not ignore the science and equity-based budgeting of remaining carbon space to raise climate ambitions. The draft text must make greater room for scientific knowledge coming from IPCC assessments. The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) has a major responsibility to drive science-backed climate action,” said Ghosh.

Progress made on capacity; equity and differentiated responsibility missing from transparency framework

The Council had highlighted that the Paris Agreement Rulebook must support building capacity for transparency and ex-ante reporting on climate finance. Post COP24, we are still far from finding an adequate balance between transparency of action and support mechanisms. “There is intensified reporting and accounting of mitigation and GHG emissions by all the Parties, which is a significant step up for the obligations of developing countries. However, provisions related to climate finance remain weaker. Although developed countries have agreed to ex-ante reporting of climate finance, the specific contents of reporting remain soft obligations. Moreover, the guiding principles of equity and differentiated responsibility are missing from the modalities, procedures and guidelines of the enhanced transparency framework,” Ghosh said. Even if equity and differentiation (as CBDR) find due mention in the draft decision at other places, such as matters related to implementation of the Paris agreement, omission of these guiding principles from the transparency text creates doubt. Currently, it binds together all the reporting around NDCs (Article 4), adaptation actions (article 7), support (Article 9,10,11), and global stocktake (article 14).

“We may have found a balanced text through, but it is not sustainable in the longer run. Ideally, self-determined capacity improvement plans should have been linked to ex-ante finance commitments under a common review and stocktake mechanism,” Ghosh added.

Developing countries miss out on new and additional climate finance

The Council had reiterated that a strong Paris Rulebook would ensure that access to finance became more just, equitable and differentiated. However, the finalised text weakens access to climate finance for developing countries by treating all funding sources (including official development assistance) and financial instruments (grants, concessional loans, non-concessional loans, equity, guarantee, insurance, etc.) identically. “In this arrangement, the developing countries can no more question the unjust, inequitable, and undifferentiated nature of funds treated as climate finance by the developed countries. We have ended up legitimising the fundamental flaws connected with climate finance,” Ghosh said. “In view of recent developments, fit-for-purpose financial products are more than just a need to create, test and deploy financial solutions in advance the energy transitions in emerging economies. They would be pivotal for developing countries to meet their NDCs,” Ghosh added. In addition, the Parties have to work harder on unresolved matters pertaining to Article 6, which would be critical to send the right signals to innovators and markets.

Non-Party actors important for meeting the Paris dream

The Council had recommended recognising actors, initiatives and institutions to strengthen collective action. Non-party actors, including a vibrant civil society, played a crucial role in supporting countries to reach a deal around the Rulebook in Paris. Their role needs to be significantly enhanced to meet the Paris climate commitments. “We need to establish a bigger role of non-Party actors towards capacity building, prioritising needs, improving data and reporting, and scaling up potential initiatives at a global level. The technology framework guidelines in the new text formally support collaboration and engagement with non-Party stakeholders. This is a positive start and will bring greater innovation and impetus to the implementation process,” Ghosh emphasised.

Know more about our COP24 engagements here.

For any further queries, please contact Arsheen Kaur (arsheen.kaur@ceew.in) / Mihir Shah (mihir.shah@ceew.in).

Enhancing Consumer Participation in UP’s Power Sector

04 Oct 2018   |   0930 – 0300

Organised by CEEW, Centre for Environment and Energy Department (CEED), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF)

About the Event

The workshop organised in Lucknow is the first in a series of capacity building workshops aimed at improving consumer knowledge on Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) power sector and creating an environment conducive for reforms. The workshop focused on the fundamentals of electricity tariffs, an overview of the tariff determination exercise, and the role of electricity distribution companies (discoms) in consumer protection. Representatives from 35 civil society organisations (CSOs) working at grassroots in different districts of the state including UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad, Consumer Coordination Council, Mahila Samakhya attended the workshop.

The Council’s Power Sector team believes that capacity building of consumers in the state’s power sector is necessary to drive reforms in the right direction. Our research programme will address three core issues in the state’s power sector - creating a responsive consumer base, enabling institutional reforms in discoms, and restructuring power procurement and retail tariff structures.

In his keynote address, S.K Agarwal, Hon’ble Member, Uttar Pradesh Electricity Commission (UPERC) emphasised on the role of consumer representatives and CSOs in improving consumer awareness about the provisions for grievance redressal and fostering a system wherein consumers would get their electricity-related complaints resolved in each district via their consumer representatives. Mr Agarwal added, “I appreciate the efforts of organisations like CEEW and CEED in facilitating representation and redressal of consumer issues at the discom level in each district of UP.”

Key Discussion Points

  • Consumers must be aware of various components in the electricity bill. Information points in the bill such as energy charges, fixed charges, regulatory surcharges, electricity duty, due date, disconnection date, and sanctioned load were discussed by showcasing an original electricity bill of a metered urban domestic consumer of a discom.
  • Every stakeholder – consumers, discoms and regulators - in tariff determination exercise and other regulatory procedures in the state plays an important role.
  • Pertinent issues such as metering, billing, and electrical safety should be taken up by consumer representatives to ensure efficient functioning of the power sector.
  • Understanding the fundamental responsibilities of a discom, their organisational structure, consumer complaint redressal mechanisms, hours of supply entitled to consumers, and other provisions for consumer protection under the Standards of Performance (SoP) for discoms under the UP Supply Code, 2005 will help understand the role of discoms.
  • The CSOs can play a vital role in informing consumers about the misuse of electricity and their rights and duties through different mediums of communication.
  • A crucial challenge concerning CSOs is the lack of technical know-how necessary to address issues faced by consumers and lack of financial and human resources to address the last mile consumers.

For event queries

Riddhima Sethi

Communications Associate



Road to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report: Fostering Deeper Engagement with Industry, Finance and Civil Society

15 Jan 2019   |   0930 – 1600

Organised by CEEW and Ahmedabad University

About the Event

This conference aims to foster a deeper engagement between Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors and leaders from industry, finance, and academia. It seeks to build on the existing IPCC Assessment process and inform it by discussing ways and approaches to make the assessments more relevant to the industry and financial world. The purpose is to ultimately move from high-level assessments to informed action on the ground.

In his opening address, Prof. P.R. Shukla, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III, Ahmedabad University highlighted that the window for action is rapidly closing, since 65 per cent of our carbon budget for a 2-degree temperature rise pathway has already been used.

During the special address, Dr J.R. Bhatt, Adviser, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India emphasised the importance of IPCC and how its efforts since 1988 have increased the visibility of climate change as a global issue. He also stressed that developing countries like India must look for low-carbon development models that are very different from the models that developed countries have used so far.

Prof. Jim Skea, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III, Imperial College London, outlined the assessment process and highlighted the ambitions for the Sixth Assessment Report, that aims to integrate long-term goals with action-oriented steps, use a wide range of scientific disciplines for its assessments and link climate change mitigation with the SDGs. He also introduced how researchers across the globe, specifically from developing countries, could contribute to the IPCC assessments as authors, reviewers and scientists.

Key Discussion Points

  • Industries and financiers’ key expectations from IPCC focussing on the following:
    • providing best practices and clean technologies for high-emitting industries that can be adopted by countries
    • providing detailed numbers and assessment on climate finance
    • given that 95 per cent of renewable installation is by private sector, their presence must count in the IPCC Assessments
  • Industries must move towards cleaner fuel sources, energy and resource efficiency, waste management for deep decarbonisation. Policy support, such as the 30 per cent requirement for slack and ash-based cement in construction, is crucial. Demand management through lifestyle changes and circular/sharing economy will help decarbonisation of industries.
  • Finance is one of the biggest challenges in deployment of renewable energy. Mobilising international resources through negotiations and domestic low-cost finance through banks is required. Long-term finance schemes such as mutual funds (pension funds etc.) for debt availability must be created.

For event queries

Riddhima Sethi

Communications Associate


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Key speakers

  • P. R. Shukla

    Co-Chair, IPCC WG III, Ahmedabad University

  • J. R. Bhatt

    Adviser, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India

  • Jim Skea

    Co-Chair, IPCC WG III, Imperial College London

  • Arunabha Ghosh

    CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

  • Navroz Dubash

    Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC WG III AR6; Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

  • Mikiko Kainuma

    Lead Author, IPCC Report on ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C’, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

  • Shobhakar Dhakal

    Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC WG III AR6, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

  • Minal Pathak

    Senior Scientist, IPCC WG III Technical Support Unit, Ahmedabad University

  • Vaibhav Chaturvedi

    Research Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

  • Joyashree Roy

    Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC WG III AR6 and IPCC Report on ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C,’ Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) / Jadavpur University

  • Mahendra Singhi

    Managing Director and CEO, Dalmia Bharat Cement Ltd

  • Chanakya Chaudhary

    Vice President of Corporate Services, Tata Steel Ltd

  • Anirban Ghosh

    Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group

  • Rajasree Ray

    Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance (MoF), Government of India

  • Chintan Shah

    Director (Technical), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA)

  • Pankaj Sindwani

    Senior Vice President (Sales), Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd

  • Ulka Kelkar

    Director (Climate), World Resources Institute (WRI) India

  • Kanika Chawla

    Senior Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)


Paris Agreement Rule Book: Actors, Actions and Capacity Building for Enhanced Transparency

04 Dec 2018   |   1130 – 1300

Organised by CEEW, Caribean Community Climate Change Centre and Project for Advancing Climate Transparency

About the Event

This COP24-accredited side-event will aim to identify areas of enhanced transparency implementation with the formulation of the Paris Agreement Rule Book. In pursuit of enhanced commitments under the Paris agreement regime, the actions and actors have increased, but capacity building remains a big challenge. At this discussion an expert panel will deliberate over the modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPGs) of the enhanced transparency framework in context of ongoing negotiations and implementation strategies. This event will provide a comprehensive update on the evolving transparency tool and associated challenges, options, opportunities, and ways forward.

For event queries

Riddhima Sethi

Communications Associate


Key speakers

  • Katia Simeonova

    Manager, Mitigation, Data, and Analysis, UNFCCC Secretariat

  • Yamide Dagnet

    Senior Associate, International Climate Action, WRI

  • Manasvini Vaidyula

    Consultant, Climate Change Expert Group Secretariat. OECD

  • Carlos Fuller

    International and Regional Liaison Officer, CCCCC


Report Launch
Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity: Survey of States 2018

21 Nov 2018   |   0930 – 1400

Organised by CEEW and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF)

About the Event

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) will launch their flagship study ’Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity: Survey of States (ACCESS) 2018’ with results from the second phase of the ACCESS Survey. ACCESS is India’s largest energy access survey, covering more than 50 districts, 750 villages, 9000 households across six of the most energy-deprived states – Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. In total, over 2.5 million data points have been collected.

The first phase of ACCESS was conducted in 2015. Our findings at that time drove the need to look beyond connections for enabling access to modern forms of energy. In 2018, we revisited he households to understand the changes in their energy access situation over the last three years and to study the impact of government policies during this period. The analysis from the collected data provides a multi-dimensional longitudinal view on energy access in India.

ACCESS provides a first-of-its-kind multi-dimensional evaluation of the state of energy access in India and highlights multiple nuances associated with electricity access and cooking energy access such as the duration of supply, quality, reliability, affordability, availability, health and safety, and even legal status of the connection.

The ACCESS report launch aims to discuss how access to energy in India has changed over the last three years, and highlight the bottlenecks that people face in accessing cleaner forms of energy today.

For event queries

Riddhima Sethi

Communications Associate


Key speakers

  • Abhishek Jain

    Senior Programme Lead, CEEW

  • Keshav Kumar Bhardwaj

    Chief Engineer, Banda Zone, Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (DVVNL)

  • Amit Kumar

    Assistant Electrical Engineer (Maintenance), Bankipur, South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd (SBPDCL)

  • Puneet Dutt

    Head – Projects, Indian Society of Healthcare Professionals (ISHP)

  • Rahul Kumar Jat

    Indane Gramin Vitrak, Kachrod, Sehore, Madhya Pradesh

  • Sasmita Patnaik

    Programme Lead

  • Ashutosh Jindal

    Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), Government of India

  • Subodh Kumar

    Executive Director, Alternate Energy & Sustainable Development, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL)

  • Manjula Menon

    Principal Scientist, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)

  • A K Verma*

    Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India

  • A K Vohra

    Former Managing Director, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (JVVNL)

  • Vikas Chandra Agarwal

    Director – Distribution, Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC)

  • Shantanu Dixit

    Group Coordinator, Prayas (Energy Group)


Renewable Hydrogen for Industry and Beyond

14 Nov 2018   |   0930 – 1600

Organised by CEEW and International Energy Agency (IEA)

About the Event

The CEEW-IEA Workshop on ‘Renewable Hydrogen for Industry and Beyond’ aims to strengthen the National Hydrogen Energy Roadmap launched by the Government of India and to find conformity with India’s ambitious renewable energy targets.

Green hydrogen, generated via renewable energy, has the potential to be a complementing energy vector at certain locations and with specific applications. The workshop will focus on applications in and around three potential end-use sectors: ammonia, methanol, and steel manufacturing.

The Workshop will bring together several national and international experts in the sector to deliberate on the possibility of using ammonia, methanol and green hydrogen as feedstock and fuel, and discuss potential challenges and drivers.

For event queries

Riddhima Sethi

Communications Associate


Key speakers

  • Montek Singh Ahluwalia*

    Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India; and Trustee, CEEW

  • Cédric Philibert

    Senior Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)

  • V K Saraswat*

    Member, NITI Aayog

  • P C Maithani

    Advisor, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)

  • L M Das

    Professor, Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Delhi

  • Ruchika Govil*

    Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel

  • B Bhoi

    Chief Scientist - Institute of Minerals and Material Technology