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Energy efficiency in India: Assessing the policy regimes and their impacts

Balachandra, P and Ravindranath, Darshini and Ravindranath, NH (2010) Energy efficiency in India: Assessing the policy regimes and their impacts. In: Energy Policy, 38 (11, Sp). pp. 6428-6438.

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In the recent years. India has emerged as one of the fast growing economies of the world necessitating equally rapid increase in modern energy consumption. With an imminent global climate change threat, India will have difficulties in continuing with this rising energy use levels towards achieving high economic growth. It will have to follow an energy-efficient pathway in attaining this goal. In this context, an attempt is made to present India's achievements on the energy efficiency front by tracing the evolution of policies and their impacts. The results indicate that India has made substantial progress in improving energy efficiency which is evident from the reductions achieved in energy intensities of GDP to the tune of 88% during 1980-2007. Similar reductions have been observed both with respect to overall Indian economy and the major sectors of the economy. In terms of energy intensity of GDP, India occupies a relatively high position of nine among the top 30 energy consuming countries of the world. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Energy Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Energy efficiency; Energy intensity; Climate change
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2010 10:14
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2010 10:14
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/34329

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