The International Energy Agency estimates that over the period to 2040, an estimated 270 million people are likely to be added to India’s urban population. How fast India urbanises and industrialises over the coming decades, and the policies that governs these processes will be of crucial significance for countries’ energy future and global climate mitigation efforts.
To understand the implications of India’s current and future urbanization, we interviewed Siddharth Singh, co-lead author of India Energy Outlook 2021, published by the International Energy Agency. Siddharth has researched and written extensively about global and indian energy sector policies.
0:00 - Podcast intro
1:19 - Introduction of Siddharth Singh
2:06 - About Siddharth: Life & career
10:34 - Syriana: Do movie scenes replay in real life?
15:00 - IEA Energy Outlook - How urbanisation is linked to energy use?
24:59 - What urbanisation means in India
30:32 - Impact of construction activities on energy & commodities demand
35:55 - Balancing rising energy need with climate mitigation plans
44:14 - Heat pumps as an alternative to ACs in India
47:50 - Incentivising Energy Efficiency for residential segment
51:05 - Contribution of urban transport to Green Economy
58:18 - Urbanisation & carbon emissions
01:10:40 - What urbanisation scenario India is likely to follow
01:13:32 - Imagining future urban landscape of India
01:18:07 - Transition towards greener mobility options
01:22:20 - Role of public spaces in energy efficiency & urban infra
01:26:13 - Podcast outro
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