Low-carbon South Asia: India

A key development challenge for India is addressing poverty and deprivation through inclusive sustainable development. One-third of the global poor, living on less than $1.25 a day, are in India – the highest in any country. In 2009/10, the number of people living below the official Indian poverty line was 354.7 million – 29.8 per cent of India’s population. However Energy poverty is another dimension of the development challenge, especially when it comes to providing a decent living standard for the vast majority – 32.7% of Indian households do not have access to electricity. India’s rapid development needs significant amount of energy to meet its inclusive development objectives in a sustainable manner and address its development challenges. The dependence of conventional energy can be reduced by investing in renewable energy sources and report analysis these opportunities.