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COVID-19: Crisis and Recovery

The coronavirus pandemic will have profound knock-on effects for almost every aspect of our lives. As governments grapple with the pandemic and respond to the far-reaching effects of the novel coronavirus, economies will need rebuilding. The future demands that countries build back better, for which countries must harness low-carbon investment opportunities to reboot economies while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution that jeopardize lives. Experts at WRI India share their insights and research to help policymakers navigate through these unprecedented times and support India as it meets the challenges of recovery. Bookmark this page as we will continue to add new blogs, editorials and research. You can also reach out our experts for more information.

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On 10 November 2021, the thematic day for transport sector at the COP26,

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Installing non-fossil fuel electricity capacity of 500 GW by 2030

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Endeavouring on a path of limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, India has bid a major stake in the decarbonization of its road transportation through a slew of progressive policy measures. Close to 80% of vehicles on Indian roads are two-wheelers (2Ws), making India undoubtedly the world’s

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New Delhi, 16 July, 2021: Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) and World Resources Institute, India (WRI India), on Friday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work

Implementation of city and air-shed level strategies to achieve 36% reduction in Particulate Matter (PM2.5) & (PM10) concentrations by year 2025 and 60% reduction in PM2.5 by 2030 when

This is the first in a series of blogs on the growing deployment of electric buses across the country. The series is a deep-dive on investments from both central and state governments and the role of e-buses in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

This is the first in a series of blogs on the growing deployment of electric buses across the country. The series is a deep-dive on investments from both central and state governments and the role of e-buses in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

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The city is working on its air quality through the National Clean Air Programme(NCAP) and Surat Clean Air Action Plan (SCAP)
November 26, 2021: While India has made impressive progress in electrifying almost all homes in the country in the past decade (96 percent as of 2020), over a third of its schools (37 percent) and
On 12 October 2021, WRI India (WRII) signed an MoU with Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) with the aim to facilitate and accelerate KILA’s vision towards the socio-economic developmen
September 25, 2021, NEW DELHI: Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed India’s commitment to achieving 450 GW of renewa
Mumbai, 10 July 2021: Mumbai has become the 70th city globally and the 3rd city in India to join the Cities4Forests alliance

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