August 2020

Webinar on Low- carbon & cost-effective solutions for enabling “Thermal Comfort for All”

This webinar is based on our research study on Developing Low Carbon Cooling Solutions for Urban Residential Buildings through 2050. The webinar discusses the results from energy modeling and understanding of India’s unique context of urbanization and energy efficiency initiatives; which shaped the proposed policy actions for space cooling.

 

The webinar recording can be accessed here

April 2020

Invited to be an esteemed member of the South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE) to support initiatives on gender equity in the south Asian region

Smita Chandiwala was invited to join SAWIE as an esteemed member and support SAWIE initiatives on gender mainstreaming and gender equity in the South Asian Region.

 

South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE), a joint initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), aims to promote women’s empowerment and gender sensitization in the energy sector in the South Asia region.

The platform brings together leaders, particularly women leaders across the energy sector to design interventions focused around outreach and recruitment; mentorship and leadership; increasing women’s participation in networking and brainstorming events, and professional development that can help bridge gender gaps. USAID is supporting the SAWIE platform through its “Greening the Grid – Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (GTGRISE)” initiative.

 

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February 2020

Launch of report on Low-Carbon options to meet India’s Space Cooling demand in Urban Residential Buildings in 2050

Our report on space cooling ‘Developing cost-effective and low-carbon options to meet India’s space cooling demand in urban residential buildings through 2050’ was officially launched at the India Energy Transformation Platform’s event held at The Claridges, New Delhi on 7th February. Our project was one amongst four innovative ideas selected by IETP representing non-linear and transformative solutions for the energy sector to meet India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

 

Read more about the IETP initiative and our work here

September 2019

BloombergNEF | Taj Mahal Trick Helps India Cool Buildings Smartly

In this article, bloombergNEF’s editor explores how India’s green building sector is evolving and what can be done to get away from energy-guzzling buildings. We were quoted on the market barriers of perceived additional cost and the need for supporting markets to ramp up the supply of appropriate materials and technologies for energy-efficient buildings.

“For green buildings, the cost is a non-issue in my opinion. It is the market which needs to be created, with sufficient supply – and suppliers – of appropriate construction materials and technology, as well as a sustainable demand for them,” said Smita Chandiwala, an architect whose firm, Energe-se, provides policy advice on green buildings.

 

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