Indian Climate Change Policy: Exploring a Co-Benefits Based Approach

By Navroz K Dubash, D Raghunandan, Girish Sant, and Ashok Sreenivas
Economic & Political Weekly, 1 June 2013

Citation: Dubash, K.N., Raghunandan, D., Sant, G., Sreenivas, A., 2013. Indian Climate Change Policy: Exploring a Co-Benefits Based Approach. Economic & Political Weekly, 48(22), 47-61.

Abstract: There is a growing body of climate-related policy in India; at the same time, there is no clear and consistent approach or framework that directs and guides these efforts. In this paper, we propose and develop a methodology for operationalising a co-benefits approach to climate policy formulation. We use the technique of multi-criteria analysis, which requires making choices between and examining trade-offs across multiple objectives of policy, such as growth, inclusion and environment. In addition, we develop a framework for consideration of implementation issues. We focus on policies related to energy; but we believe the approach can also be modified to address adaptation concerns. The structured tool of the sort proposed here would hopefully contribute to more informed and deliberative decision-making on climate-related issues.