Drawing on extensive, independent and peer-reviewed research conducted by CEEW in more than 60 research projects, Shaping a Prosperous and Sustainable India: Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Water crystallises CEEW's findings and recommendations in various areas: India's energy mix for a low-carbon future; coal and natural gas; grid-connected and decentralised renewable energy; water governance for agricultural, industrial and household use; critical mineral resources; and resource security and resource diplomacy.
Some of the key recommendations that have been highlighted in Shaping a Prosperous and Sustainable India: Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Water include:
- Establish a Green Growth Unit within the Prime Minister's Office to periodically assess the alignment of policies to maximise co-benefits of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and meeting developmental needs
- Institute a reporting authority to ensure inter-ministerial coordination on issues of national security (such as coal transportation, cleaner coal technology, gas terminals, etc.)
- Strengthen the finance ecosystem for utility scale renewable energy and invest in energy storage technologies and infrastructure for grid stability in the long term
- Use the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) to capitalise a Decentralised Energy Risk Guarantee Facility
- Establish a National Water Commission to function as the guardian and overseer of a National Water Strategy
- Establish a Bureau of Water Efficiency to implement and enforce water efficiency targets under the National Water Mission
- Promote progressive water pricing for households and industry to encourage efficiency but demonstrate improved service delivery before raising tariffs
- Develop a framework to identify and secure a set of critical nonfuel minerals for India's industrial development
- Establish a 'one stop' information portal and create target-based competitions to channel R&D funding and promote technology development for resource efficiency
- Create an Indo-Pacific Forum for coordinated action on energy, increased transparency of energy-related trade, building strategic oil and gas reserves, protection of key energy supply routes, and arbitration on energy-related disputes and protection of overseas investments.