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  • IDFC releases India Infrastructure Report 2010

    Published on October 21, 2010

    New Delhi : The India Infrastructure Report 2010: Infrastructure Development in a Low Carbon Economy was launched by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Chairman of Council of Environment, Power and Water.

    The IIR brings together well researched evaluation of legal, financial/fiscal, regulatory, technological, social and conceptual issues on a contemporary theme of relevance to infrastructure development.

    The IIR is an invaluable resource for policymakers, industry and researchers. It is a collaborative effort under the aegis of 3-i Network. The 3-i Network is a network of academics, technical & managerial experts and practitioners, managed by IDFC, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K).

    Ninth in the series since 2001 produced by IDFC, the India Infrastructure Report (IIR) 2010 on low carbon infrastructure development discusses:

    • Legal, regulatory and policy aspects

    • Financing low carbon infrastructure

    •  Energy security and low carbon energy infrastructure

    • Low carbon urbanization through integrated land-use and transport


    •  Rural infrastructure for a low carbon economy

    Speaking on the launch event Shri Suresh Prabhu said” We as a large country like India needs to create infrastructure that is futuristically clean and green and will not create environmental issues for coming generations” On the occasion, Dr. Rajiv Lall, CEO & MD of IDFC said, “There is certainly a need to reduce carbon emissions but without slowing down economic growth. Technology and finance are central to low carbon interventions, which in turn require an enabling legal, regulatory and institutional framework. India is at an early stage of infrastructure development, which provides a unique opportunity to achieve a low carbon growth path as we build our infrastructure. We have an advantage compared with other countries that are locked into ‘high carbon lifestyles’ and we can learn from their experiences rather than replicate their models”.

    Ritu Anand, Group Head Policy & Chief Economist, IDFC added: “Several studies have projected the likely carbon emissions by 2031 in India and some have indicated the abatement potential. This India Infrastructure Report looks more specifically at the ‘how’ – i.e. the possibilities for abatement in each major infrastructure sector, the challenges being faced and what needs to be done.”

    Rapid infrastructure build-up is essential to sustain India’s high economic growth, but infrastructure development has traditionally been carbon intensive. The challenge therefore, is to build infrastructure with less carbon footprints without compromising poverty alleviation and energy security. India is in the early stages of infrastructure development, and so the choices now would determine the future.