We discussed the future of energy- and climate-politics in India: What needs to be done to fulfill international and national climate-goals? Are the current strategies leading the right way and if not – what could be done better? How can both allies – India and Germany – work on this together?
We had a very interesting evening with our panelists Chandra Bhushan, Joachim Betz and Rajnish Tiwari. Our moderator was Julia Wadhawan, freelance journalist Hamburg and member of the executive board of the IGMN.
Please find a selection of quotes:
Quotes by Chandra Bhushan
Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi
"The Paris Agreement was probably one of the weekest climate agreements you can think about. It was designed to suit the US. If the US walks away, the very rationale of the agreement looses it’s relevance."
"I come back with very little hope [from the climate summit in Bonn]."
"Does the rich in India play the poor? Absolutely."
"Developing countries are never going to get their just share of the budget because developed countries including Germany will take their budget."
"In 20 years we are going to finish the budget for 2 degrees."
Quotes by Joachim Betz
South Asia Expert, GIGA-Institute, Hamburg
"It is not true that if you are poor, you can’t afford sustainable energy. The poverty argument holds an alibi function for the middle and upper classes to do nothing."
"India is not producing enough solar cells and is not very competitive in the solar [market]. If they expand the problem, many people will be dependent of Chinese imports."
"India has to cut emissions not only for the sake of global warming, but for its own future."
Quotes by Rajnish Tiwari
Senior Research Fellow and Program Director at the Institute for Management of Technology and Innovation, TU Hamburg
"You will need technological and social innovation."
"One of the major problems in power distribution in India is also power theft."
"India is condemned to have a renewable energy future. There is no other way."