Dr. Sunita Narain

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)

Director General

Sunita Narain, Director General, has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) since 1982. She is also the Treasurer of the Society for Environmental Communications and Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. She is a writer and environmentalist, who uses knowledge for change. Ms. Narain has devoted time to build the capacities of the CSE so that it can function as an independent and credible institution, influencing public opinion and advocating change. Today, with over 120 full-time staff, CSE is actively engaged in a variety of programs spanning issues of water management, climate change, air pollution, and food and water safety, to rating of industries in terms of the environmental performance and training. In 2005 she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government. She has also received the World Water Prize for work on rainwater harvesting and for its policy influence in building paradigms for community-based water management. In 2005 she also chaired the Tiger Task Force at the direction of the Prime Minister, to evolve an action plan for conservation in the country after the loss of tigers in Sariska. She advocated solutions to build a coexistence agenda with local communities so that benefits of conservation could be shared and the future secured. Ms. Narain was a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Climate Change as well as the National Ganga River Basin Authority.

SESSIONS WITH Dr. Sunita Narain

Monday, October 26

  • 06:30pm - 07:05pm

    Executive Conference

    More Energy, Fewer Emissions: The dual challenge

    In the next 30 years, it is expected that up to 2 billion additional people will be added to the global population including millions more in India. Continuing economic growth will require more energy; at the same time, there is broad consensus that GHG emissions are leading to warming of the planet. In India, 68% of emissions come from energy sector and about 20% from industry. While emissions in India continue to grow with economic growth, the country has pledged a 33%–35% reduction in the “emissions intensity” of its economy by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. Therein lies the dual challenge: How to fuel the future economic growth and bring people out of poverty and do so while reducing GHG emissions?

    What are the most practical and tangible ways for India to meet the emission intensity targets?
    What is the future of coal in India’s power generation mix?
    How can emissions from coal be reduced?
    What are some ways to accelerate the share of renewables in the power generation mix?
    How can energy waste be reduced?
    What policy measures can central and state governments take to reduce emissions?
    Should there be specific emission reduction targets for public sector companies?