Asia: Bangladesh, China, India
In South Asia we're concentrating our efforts on three of the most populous developing countries in the world – and hence two of the countries most at risk of serious climate impacts – Bangladesh and India.
Meanwhile, in China, our Director Ms Geng Dan leads our work building a stakeholders network including the National Peoples Congress, the National Reform and Development Commission, the Chinese Renewable Energy Agency, and other state and non-state actors in the clean energy sector.
Both Bangladesh and India have considerable technical potential to generate renewable energy from solar, wind and (in India's case) hydro, and both have seen strong recent growth in domestic sustainable energy markets. Bangladesh has installed over a million off-grid solar home systems in under two years, while India has a thriving renewable industry and rapid growth in installed solar and wind capacity.
Climate Parliament MPs in the Bangladeshi and Indian parliaments are pushing for more, however. In India, where our group has been running since 2010, our MPs have played a leading role in more than doubling India’s national budget for renewable energy, and in increasing India’s 2020 renewable energy target from 6% to 15% of the electricity supply. In Bangladesh, meanwhile, Climate Parliament MPs are at the forefront of a parliamentary campaign to fast-track the creation of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Agency (SREDA).
Our South Asia network is co-ordinated by a six-strong team based in New Delhi, under the leadership of our Regional Director for South Asia, Mr Mukul Sharma.
Over the last few months, our group of MPs in the Indian Parliament have achieved several notable victories – including pressuring the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to include the fulfilment of Renewable Purchase Obligations as a mandatory condition of financial support for state-owned energy utilities; raising questions in Parliament that helped persuade the Government to reintroduce its generation-based incentive scheme for wind energy producers; and successfully campaigning for the Reserve Bank of India to expand its provision of tax-free bonds to renewable energy producers. These successful campaigns will open up new channels of finance to renewable project developers, as well as strengthening the government’s legal commitment to sustainable energy.
In addition to the parliamentary campaigns of the Climate Parliament India group of MPs, we're also hosting a series of parliamentary workshops to raise awareness and build the capacity of legislators on climate issues. We're also expanding our work from the national level, and reaching out to state legislators in Odissa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra, as part of our new initiative designed to develop decentralised state-level policy responses to climate and energy issues.