Overcoming these cost, implementation, capacity, and technology issues can be accelerated with appropriate external assistance. But such assistance should not be viewed by industrialized nations as aid. Rather, enabling India (and other emerging countries that are major and growing energy consumers) to transition swiftly to a low-carbon economy is a global, public good that requires coordinated international action. As Prime Minister Singh declared in launching the National Action Plan on Climate Change, “Our success in this endeavor will change the face of India. It would also enable India to help change the destinies of people around the world.”
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Manish Bapna is Executive Vice President & Managing Director of World Resources Institute
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