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9 Mitigating Climate Change: An Additional Role for Technology and Policy in India as well as International Arenas

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The author argues that climate protection adds additional requirements to technology and subsequently to policy, and that both climate protection and development goals will have to be explicitly integrated and supported into mitigation policy in order to ensure that climate protection is not achieved at the expense of economic development. India is vulnerable to effects potentially resulting from climate change. The most dramatic effects would result from changes in temperatures and rainfall patterns affecting agriculture that is necessary to support the livelihood of two thirds of all Indians. In order to support diffusion of climate technologies, policy might hence promote information about the technology, its distribution, moderate the extra cost for adoption, or directly support adoption. The Solar Photovoltaic Programme (SPP) of the Indian government achieved the sale of approximately 65,000 SHS during roughly the same period of time in the same regions of PVMTI activity.

Keywords: climate change; climate technologies; India; Solar Photovoltaic Programme (SPP)



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