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The Climate for Renewables: A Conversation on India’s Energy Policy

June 24, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Join us for the third session of the global seminar series on ‘Energy and Climate Policy in Asia’ co-organized by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, and the Center on Global Energy Policy (SIPA). This session will focus on India’s energy policy and feature a conversation between Columbia University experts and Sumant Sinha, Chair and Managing Director of ReNew Power, and author of ‘Fossil Free: Reimagining Clean Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World’.

About the Book
Fossil Free

Climate change is already hitting us hard, through adverse effects on global food availability, biodiversity, rising sea levels and extreme  weather events, such as hurricanes and floods. In the last decade, a major transformation — the transition to clean, affordable and sustainable energy from the sun and the wind — is beginning to address these challenges. Fossil Free provides a concise introduction to the challenges, realities, and complexities of the global and local energy industry, as well as the trends and forces driving the energy transition. It explains how improved electricity infrastructure, decentralized smart grids, electric vehicles, energy storage, and market design are already providing clear pathways for the transition towards green, efficient, affordable, and secure renewable energy across the energy-use chain: extraction, conversion, transmission, distribution, and end-use.

About the Author

Sumant Sinha

A leading first-generation entrepreneur, Sumant Sinha is the Founder, Chair, and Managing Director of ReNew Power, one of India’s largest clean energy companies. Sumant founded ReNew Power in January 2011, with a vision to transform the way energy is produced and consumed in India. Since then, under his leadership, the company has grown exponentially and is today one of India’s premier renewable energy companies. Sumant is an alumnus of Columbia University’s School of Internal and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is a passionate advocate for solutions related to climate change and sustainable development and has spoken at various thought leadership platforms, such as World Economic Forum at Davos, Climate Week NYC, CERA Week, and other forums organized by Financial Times, ORF as well as leading global universities. He has written more than 150 opinion articles in leading global and Indian publications on the pressing issues of climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable economic growth. For over a decade, Sumant Sinha has had a ringside view of the energy scenario. His understanding of the global energy landscape and climate change brings a unique, holistic perspective on energy. With Fossil Free, Sinha shares his vision for energy that is not only clean but also practical and affordable.

About the Moderator

Laurie Fitzmaurice

Laurie Fitzmaurice is the Executive Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA. Laurie has nearly 30 years of experience in business development, specializing in energy infrastructure development around the world. She has demonstrated skills building and managing organizations, including the development and implementation of strategic business plans and new market entry with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. She also has a deep knowledge of international energy markets. At the Center, she works closely with the senior leadership team to build on the momentum of the Center, create and implement lasting structures that will ensure our continued growth, excellence, and impact, and continue to cultivate leadership practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Introductory Remarks by Pierre Noël
Pierre Noel

Dr. Pierre Noël is a Global Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy. His research interests sit at the intersections between international energy markets and public policy choices. Pierre has worked on energy security policy in Europe, with special reference to Russia-dependent central and eastern European countries. He specialized in changing natural gas market structures and how they impacted policy choices. Since 2013, he has worked extensively on energy and environmental policy strategies in emerging Asia, focusing on the economic and political drivers of the competition between coal, LNG, and renewables, in the context of growing concerns about the local and global environment.