Low-carbon business guide: India

The guidebook aims to provide private sector to enhance their low-carbon businesses in India. As India aims to regain its economic growth momentum at the rate of about 9%, the demand for energy, particularly commercial energy, is expected to rise rapidly. Energy use, as well as its implications such as increasing dependence on fossil fuels, is a subject of growing interest and concern in the country today. The rich–poor divide is quite evident in the patterns of energy consumption. Non-commercial fuels are still predominant sources of cooking, particularly in rural areas, and have adverse effects on air quality and human health. The Government of India, in its Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) approach, has focused on increasing the availability and affordability of, and access to, various forms of cleaner energy.