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Climate Group in India

For more than 15 years, we've worked with governments and major businesses to drive climate action fast in India. 

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Our focus areas

At Climate Group India, we focus on systems with the highest emissions and where our networks - both governments and businesses - have the greatest opportunity to drive change. 

Energy

India's booming economy needs sustained, but also a sustainable energy supply. India is the third largest energy consumer in the world already. With renewable energy costs falling rapidly, a clean energy transition is now well underway which the country can tap into.

Programmes

RE100 brings together some of the largest and most influential businesses that have committed to using 100% renewable electricity by 2050 at the very latest. Our goal is to accelerate the transition to zero carbon grids, by driving corporate demand for renewables. We engage with policymakers and investors to help address market challenges. 

185 RE100 members have operations in India including 13 major Indian headquartered businesses. Take a look at the full list here

Read more about RE100 

EP100 is a global initiative bringing together businesses that are committed to improving their energy efficiency. They are determined to double their energy productivity, rolling out energy management systems, or achieving net zero carbon buildings. Eleven Indian-origin businesses are EP100 members and signatories.

Through public commitments, and driving towards those targets, companies can show climate leadership and send a powerful signal to policymakers and other businesses about the enormous climate potential of energy efficiency. The full list of our members is available here

Read more about EP100

If you're a business interested in RE100 or EP100, kindly mail Kinsuk Shuckla, Senior Manager, Systems Change-India at [email protected].

Transport

Road transport accounts for over 90% of transport emissions in India. Whilst large vans, trucks and other medium and heavy-duty freight vehicles (MHDVs) constitute just 2% of all road vehicles, they account for 45% of all road emissions in the country. With India aiming for net zero by 2070, transport decarbonisation is a vital part of the pathway to achieving this goal.

Electric transport can help cut down millions of tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year, as well as curb transport-related air and noise pollution. We're shifting the gear on the transition to zero-emission transport through our EV100 and EV100+ initiatives. 

Programmes

EV100 brings together companies that are committed to switch their entire fleet of cars and small vans (up to 7.5t) to be fully electric by 2030. ​At present, 14 India headquartered businesses are committed to the EV100 initiative. Take a look at the members

We're also running the Last-mile delivery fleet electrification project which focusses on accelerating last-mile EV deliveries in India, building a platform of subnational governments and businesses to facilitate faster transition to EVs.

Read more about EV100

EV100+ focusses on large vans and trucks (weighing more than 7.5t) and unlocking a revolution in zero-emission trucking. 

The e-MHDT (electrification of medium and heavy-duty trucks) project puts a spotlight on specific truck applications and related knowledge products. We're also supporting top businesses with rolling out their e-truck pilots. 

Know more about EMHDT's progress

If you are a business wanting to join EV100 or EV100+, email Ashish Saraswat, Program Manager, Transport at [email protected] or Kumar Nitant, Manager, Energy Transitions at [email protected]

Industry

The steel sector contributes to nearly 12% of India's overall GHG emissions. We're building consensus in business and government and we're amplifying knowledge to encourage faster decarbonisation of the steel industry.

Programmes

Up to 25% of the total steel demand in India by 2050 can be Green Steel if the top 5 players in auto, construction and capital goods sectors commit to SteelZero.

As part of SteelZero, members have committed to use, procure and specify 100% net zero steel by 2050. In India, we're focused on aggregating demand for low carbon steel and identifying policy measures for its production and procurement.

ResponsibleSteel is a partner to SteelZero. 

Projects 

Scrap steel can play a valuable role in the country's steel decarbonisation journey. We're assessing its potential in India. The country owns over 30% of global market share in ship recycling and is home to the largest ship-breaking facility in the world.

Know more about SteelZero

If you are a business wanting to join SteelZero, email Abhas Sinha, Project Manager, SteelZero at [email protected].

Government & Policy

We've launched several initiatives to complement the climate ambition of India's national and subnational governments. 

An unparalleled network 

We're the Secretariat of the Under2 Coalition, the world's largest network of subnational governments committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 as a coalition. Chhattisgarh, former state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Telangana, Tripura, West Bengal are current signatories. 

Evidence-led 

We've built peer-to-peer learning opportunities among state governments and our global networks for wider knowledge exchange. We've hosted learning forums, sectoral webinars and policy dialogues on key thematic areas. They include climate finance, green budgeting, sustainable crop management, mitigation and adaptation.  

Climate champions  

What are the best practices at subnational level? To strengthen the ambition and vision of state climate action, we're facilitating the cross-pollination of insights by securing state participation in major international forums. Indian Under2 Coalition signatories have joined in the Under2 Coalition General Assembly, COPs, Climate Group Asia Action Summit, and Climate Week NYC over the years. 

The Leadership Interview Series is a window into state climate policy implementation from the perspective of senior policymakers. As an examples, read this interview of the former Environment Minister of Meghalaya, Mr. James Sangma.  

State Climate Fellowship

We are supporting Indian states and regions by deploying young professionals selected as part of the Fellowship to states and Union Territories. They contribute to state climate strategies, streamline action and build alignment with India's national climate goals. We have worked with 8 partner states/ Union Territories between 2022-24, and continue to build the Fellowship. 

Reach out to Rana Pujari, Senior Manager, South Asia Government Relations at [email protected] if you are a subnational government interested in joining the Under2 Coalition.

Flagship projects

State Climate Fellowship

We're matching young, dynamic and experienced climate professionals with subnational governments across India to boost climate action. They're supporting the planning of climate policies, exploring collaboration between states, and documenting insights. 

The current cohort is working in Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Tripura and West Bengal. 

Read the Fellows' experiences here

Know more about the State Climate Fellowship.

 

Electric truck pilots with leading businesses

In 2023, JSW Steel, IKEA and Flipkart launched pilots to introduce electric trucks in their fleets in India as part of our EV100+ campaign. The pilots will offer valuable insights into the feasibility of e-trucks on Indian road conditions and pave the way for their large-scale adoption by Indian businesses. 

Know more

Our impact

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We're working with 15 state and regional governments in India

We've created opportunities for peer learning and documented best practices to spur their climate leadership. 

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State and regional governments are Under2 Coalition signatories

They represent more than 29% of India's population, contributing nearly 30% to the country’s GDP.

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Corporate vehicles of India-headquartered companies set to transition under EV100

Where there's demand, there is huge potential for action. We're shifting the needle on a large scale. 

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The total electricity demand of RE100 member companies in the Indian market in 2022

Our network under the programme comprises more than 180 businesses operating in India. 

Our team shares some of our wins and why we can’t rest on our laurels just yet

"In these 15 years we have grown as an organisation committed to climate action working diligently and swiftly with forward-looking businesses and governments. Our work is setting grounds for accelerated climate action towards a net zero India." 

Dr. Divya Sharma, India Executive Director, Climate Group

Our publications

Case studies

  • Telangana's cool roof policy: Pilot demonstration to policy implementation

    Telangana an Under2 Coalition signatory state is India’s third-most urbanised state with 47 percent of its population living in urban areas. As a result of increasing urbanisation, there is a pressing need for affordable and climate-friendly cooling solutions. The case study details the Telangana's Cool Roof Policy and its key objectives. 

  • Compendium of best practices on climate action from Indian states

    With climate change posing alarming threats to communities across India, subnational climate leadership is essential to meet climate and development targets. Many Indian states are spearheading key initiatives to elevate India’s climate ambition to the next level, acting as frontiers for climate action. This compendium showcases these states and their rightful role as leaders in unlocking barriers to climate solutions. 

Reports

In the media

The Diplomat

What It Will Take for India to Address Climate Change?

Read the op-ed

MERCOM

RE100 companies met 50% of power needs from renewables in 2022. 

Read more

Forbes India

Why it's important for the world that India is on track to meet net-zero targets, level of climate awareness among business leaders, and how India can chase robust GDP growth while keeping climate considerations in mind.

Read this exclusive with our global CEO Helen Clarkson 

NDTV24x7

We produced a series of videos with business leaders in India on their company's climate action and vision. The videos, first broadcast on NDTV24x7, underscore key policy positions post COP28 and also spotlight India’s business stewardship.

Watch here

Outlook

Ashok Leyland has pledged to go green by sourcing 100% renewable energy by 2030, joining the RE100 initiative in line with India's renewable targets. 

Read more

The Hindu

A case for buyer-led responsible renewable procurement.

Read this OpEd 

Financial Times

More than a dozen major Indian companies led by industrial conglomerate and steelmaker JSW Group, manufacturer Godrej and Boyce and tech group Infosys have written to G20 leaders to push for an end to fossil fuels use without emissions captured, support for green vehicles and clean power.

Read more

Contact us

Address: Seventh International Trade Tower, 717-718, Nehru Place, New Delhi - 110019

Phone: +91 011 4987 4368

For media enquiries: Send an email to [email protected].