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A road map to end the fossil fuel age

Energy transition faces two fundamental challenges. One is geopolitical. The other challenge is from the political power of the fossil fuel industry 

If consumers demand and get green electricity, cars, and industrial products, then the end of the fossil fuel age may happen sooner than we expect. (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 05, 2022 06:35 PM IST

Act now to avert the imminent air pollution crisis. There is a way out

Business-as-usual would not do. Measures that have not made a material difference till now are unlikely to suddenly deliver desired outcomes

Putting up expensive air purifying towers at highly polluted points in Delhi may give a sense of satisfaction of doing something, but it makes no real difference. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 03, 2021 05:50 PM IST
ByAjay Shankar

India needs a universal social security system | Opinion

Replicate MGNREGS in urban areas, enhance skill development at work, and invest in public health systems

The intention to cover all workers is also indicated in the draft legislation on the Social Security Code that has been introduced in Parliament. The challenge for the State is how to provide social security to all with its limited financial and administrative capacities. A universal social security system will have to be built progressively.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 08, 2020 06:30 PM IST
ByArun Maira and Ajay Shankar

How India can eliminate the burning of crop waste | Opinion

If farmers see economic gains in switching to alternative crops, they will be encouraged. Policies must ensure this

To farmers, this is the cheapest way of clearing their fields in a short period before the wheat crop’s sowing season starts. However, severe air pollution leads to a health emergency(ANI Photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2019 08:46 PM IST
ByAjay Shankar

How the cement industry is helping India meet its climate goals

Given the cement industry’s achievements in energy efficiency and use of fly ash and steel industry slag, taking alternative fuel usage, including the existing commitment to use plastic waste, to the European level of 40% by 2025 should be worth attempting. This is an ambitious target though not unrealistic.

As India urbanises, progresses towards housing for all, and develops its expressways, the cement industry would keep growing. Its ability to absorb waste would keep rising as waste, in turn, continues to increase with higher incomes. This would be a breakthrough towards a circular economy and a template for similar ambition in other industry segments.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 16, 2018 03:11 PM IST
ByAjay Shankar

Pollution in India has now become a national health crisis

Phasing out the most polluting vehicles — old trucks, buses and tempos — at the earliest is unavoidable

In Delhi, pollution levels attain dangerous proportions as Diwali approaches(Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 25, 2018 12:49 PM IST
ByAjay Shankar

How India’s taxi fleet can go electric

India has surplus electricity generation capacity and an additional 50,000 MW is in the pipeline. So electricity for EVs would not be a constraint.

India has 14 of the 15 most-polluted cities in the world, says the latest World Health Organization report. One of the ways to clean up the air will be to go for emission-free electric vehicles (EV). By pushing EVs, like China has done, India could leapfrog to the next generation of motor transportation and a green economy.(MINT)
Updated on May 28, 2018 08:41 AM IST
ByAjay Shankar
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