For humanity ... renewables are best

India quietly sidestepped the need to roll out extensive hardwired telecommunications infrastructure - and the absence of an extensive grid creates a similar opportunity.

Addressing climate change is often seen as a burden for developing countries but there are also enormous opportunities for growth in the global shift towards clean energy.

As a developing country, India faces a challenging balancing act. Coal may have a continued role to play in India in the medium-term, but India is working hard to minimise its long-term dependence on fossil fuels.

The renewable energy sector has received a shot in the arm thanks to the new government's thrust on renewables. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid out his vision to achieve the country's energy independence with plans to build the first offshore wind farm and to provide solar energy to the 400 million people currently without power.

However, while renewable energy is a clear priority of the Indian Government, coal use in India is still projected to increase. This is not sustainable in the long-term. In its most recent World Energy Outlook the International Energy Agency warned that the fossil-fuel investments made today are locking in emissions for many decades to come.

India has a choice: we can adopt the greenhouse intensive energy systems we see in many first world countries; or we can find a different path to achieving clean and reliable power.

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