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‘We are all stakeholders in this’ – Sunil Dahiya on why need to act on energy and the environment

On the occasion of World Environment Day earlier this month, I wrote “in fighting climate change and stepping up environmentalism efforts, India has much to gain. To forego this, India has much to lose.” Part of such efforts is rethinking the country’s energy infrastructure. 

An energy transition will be a vital component of combating climate change, cleaning our air and preserving our environment and our health. On these themes, I spoke with Sunil Dahiya, an analyst with the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). CREA is an independent research organisation “focused on revealing the trends, causes, and health impacts, as well as the solutions to air pollution. We use scientific data, research and evidence to support the efforts of governments, companies and campaigning organizations worldwide in their efforts to move towards clean energy and clean air.  

“We believe that effective research and communication are the key to successful policies, investment decisions and advocacy efforts.”

You can watch our interview here.

Sunil Dahiya has over eight years of experience as a strategist and research analyst on environmental issues. He led the energy and air pollution campaigns at Greenpeace India which resulted in the development of larger civil society momentum and clean air collective (with other groups working on air pollution issues in India), ultimately making sure that India has its first-ever National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Sunil has also been the leading expert and voice on implementation of emission standards for coal-based power plants in India. His expertise is research, policy support and coalition development on the issues of the energy transition, climate change, air pollution and community rights etc. He has also authored multiple reports and international research papers on air pollution and energy issues.

Read and view more of Health Issues India’s exclusive interviews with experts and thought leaders here.

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