The Net Zero Emissions Bill 2022

The Net Zero Emissions Bill 2022 was introduced in Rajya Sabha on December 9, 2022. It hasn’t received the attention that it deserves. The Bill creates a structure that will enable India to achieve the net zero target set out at the Glasgow Summit and incorporated in India’s NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions). To achieve theContinue reading “The Net Zero Emissions Bill 2022”

Inflation, Sustainability and Consumer Behaviour

High inflation rates have persisted for quite some time now. As a result, inflation affects both (a) how businesses operate in a high inflation environment and (b) how consumers respond with their purchase decisions. In an inflationary environment, businesses face higher costs due to increased input prices. Staff costs rise too as the company needsContinue reading Inflation, Sustainability and Consumer Behaviour

Stranded Assets and Finance

The shift to net-zero requires moving away from fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas) and decarbonizing production processes and supply chains. Thus, new equipment or new methods may be required. This results in stranded assets. In this article published in Artha (journal of IIM Calcutta) I explore stranded assets and their implications and focus onContinue reading “Stranded Assets and Finance”

A Just transition

Faced with the climate crisis, companies are rapidly transitioning to a green economy. However, this transition is often painful, disrupting people’s lives and livelihoods. Businesses have often gone about the transition as if “transition is assured, justice is not.” Trade unions questioned this mindset in the US in the 1990s. The concept of just transitionContinue reading “A Just transition”

Where organisations go wrong on sustainability

The climate crisis has firmly pushed organisations to be more sustainable (or ESG-centric). While many organisations have done well and are on the path to becoming sustainable, others have struggled in their endeavours. Here are some roadblocks that hinder companies from becoming sustainable. Hierarchical mindset: The organisational culture is that of obedience. Employees only doContinue reading “Where organisations go wrong on sustainability”