ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE
India’s soaring rate of economic growth has come at a great cost to the environment, bringing increased use of energy and natural resources and rising CO2 emissions, pollution and waste. To identify ways in which resources for growth can be more effectively channeled to support environmental sustainability, the Centre for Development Finance (CDF) at IFMR LEAD created the Environment and Climate Change (ENCC) group in early 2007.
ENCC focuses on research and action to inform environment and climate policies and programmes, integrate environment and climate concerns into development initiatives, and support scalable commercial and nonprofit interventions to make India’s economy more environmentally sustainable from the bottom up. ENCC’s approach combines academic research and strategic consulting, with careful attention to political economy and market incentives as the drivers of any sustainable solutions. ENCC pays particular attention to the environmental issues and climate technologies that affect everyday living standards – for example, agriculture, access to clean air, clean water and renewable energy sources – as these are the areas in which mitigating environmental impact and alleviating poverty go hand in hand.