Just transition case study for India

Last updated: 2 August 2023

A case study on a just transition away from coal in India was carried out by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in 2021. For India, the shift away from coal will have wide-ranging economic and social implications, given the relatively young fleet of coal generation and the job losses that would be associated with an end to coal mining. The case study examines not only the transition from coal to renewables, but also the distributional impacts of the shift and social inclusion dimensions through a just transition framework. The report’s recommendations include: pursuing complex system modelling to better determine distributional impacts; develop local platforms to empower marginalised stakeholders; establish partnerships across national and state governments toward just transitions; undertake regional planning to identify priority areas for just transition efforts; develop detailed economic diversification plans; identify and secure budgeting requirements for both clean energy projects and support measures for coal areas; create institutional frameworks that include environmental and social safeguards; and identify institutions to scale up just transitions.

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