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Posts by Anant Sudarshan

Clearing the air: The effects of transparency on plant pollution emissions

Of the 20 cities in the world with the worst fine particulate air pollution, 13 are in India. If good information on who pollutes is available, then traditional environmental regulation can bring down...

  • IGC Research on India

Star power: Rating industries in Maharashtra by emission levels

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board recently launched a programme to rate industries based on their emission levels – the first such initiative by a government regulator. An easy and accessible way...

  • Perspectives

Solar micro-grids in India: A reality check

Much of India’s strategy to reduce the use of fossil fuels relies on a transition to solar energy. Based on a survey of potential solar micro-grid customers in Bihar, this column highlights the chal...

  • Articles

Let Them Buy Light: The Welfare Benefits of Electricity for Rural Households and Enterprises

This project measured the welfare effects of increased access to electricity for rural households and micro-enterprises by letting them buy light. The research design experimentally offers off-grid, s...

  • IGC Research on India

Building Environmental Regulation that Enables Growth

This project is linked to a broader research-policy collaboration with India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and State Pollution Control Boards ...

  • IGC Research on India

Lighting Up Bihar: Electrification to Sustain Economic Growth

This project looks at incentivising consumers to pay for the electricity consumed by the area in Bihar. The intervention specifically links the duration of supply to the payment performance of a group...

  • IGC Research on India

Electricity demand in urban Indian households: Influencing consumer behaviour

The huge and fast growing urban middle class of India uses a significant amount of electricity at their homes. This column argues that there is a need to focus on managing demand of electricity, and d...

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Emissions Trading as an Environmental Innovation in India: Measuring the Policy Impact on Emissions and Abatement Costs

Growth in developing countries has improved living standards of millions, but has led to high pollution concentrations and serious public health damages. Market-based environmental regulation can redu...

  • IGC Research on India