NIAS Public Lecture: "Paris Agreement and India’s commitments" by Prof. (Dr.) Jyoti Prakash, Executive Director, IRADe, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1530hrs

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru - 560 012


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“Paris Agreement and India’s commitments”




Prof. (Dr.) Jyoti Prakash

Executive Director, IRADe



Tuesday, 12th June 2018, at 3:30 PM

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru - 560012


Chairperson: Prof. R Srikanth, Professor and Head, Energy and Environment Policy Program, NIAS


Abstract: Climate change has wide ranging implications for the society. Many sectors of the economy, technology development, consumption patterns and lifestyles are affected. Prior to Paris COP in 2015, all countries were asked to state what would be their voluntary and nationally determined commitments (NDC) for GHG reduction? It was expected that countries together will submit commitments to reach 2°C. The talk will explain what India committed and what economic analysis went behind it and what actions are already taken by India. However, post 2014 there has been a rapid technology progress on several fronts: viz. in energy efficiency, cost of renewable energy & energy storage. What are the prospects of meeting the Paris agreement goals or even exceeding them? Is it possible to be more ambitious and aim for 1.5o C target, given the recent progress in energy efficiency and renewable energy supply technologies? Even if India commits such goals, will others follow? A recent paper published by the speaker and her co-authors explains these possibilities in detail ( 


About the speaker:  Professor Jyoti K Parikh is Executive Director of Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), New Delhi. She was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change –India and is a recipient of Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC authors in 2007. She served as the senior professor and Acting Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai 1986-2003. Earlier she served in the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria for 8 years (1980-86, 76-78) and the Planning Commission, as senior energy consultant (1978-80).  She has also served as energy consultant to the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, EEC, Brussels and UN agencies such as UNIDO, FAO, UNU, and UNESCO, Environment Consultant to UNDP, World Bank and so on. She worked as an advisor to various ministries for Gov. of India   She has made contributions in taking up India’s cause about equity in climate change at various fora, natural resource accounting for environment sustainable consumption patterns at Rio, Climate mitigation, adaptation and negotiations and so on.  She obtained her M.Sc. from University of California, Berkeley, in 1964 and Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from University of Maryland, College Park in 1967. She has guided 12 Ph.D. theses in energy, environment and climate change and given lectures in more than 40 countries around the world.  Publications include nearly 200 project research papers and 25 books and monographs in the area of energy economics, Climate Change and modeling, energy technology assessment, rural energy, power sector, environment economics, natural resource Management and Climate Change.


All are cordially invited


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For further information, please contact Prof. R Srikanth <>

Tuesday, June 12, 2018