• Primary Program Climate and Sustainability
  • Research Interests Integrated Assessment Modelling, Climate Change Mitigation, Coal Transitions and Transport Economics


Puneet is an Associate in the Climate and Sustainability program. Currently, he is working on scenario analysis and deep decarbonization pathways under the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (CAMP) project at KAPSARC.

Before joining KAPSARC, he worked with Council on Energy, Environment and Water in India where he co-developed the tailored version of Global Change Analysis Model for India (GCAM-India). Prior to CEEW, he has worked with Brookings Institution (India Center) where he co-edited an anthology on the coal sector in India. Across the 18 chapters, drawing from leading experts in the field, the book examines all aspects of coal’s future in India. He has a rich portfolio of published papers, policy briefs and reports. As an independent scholar, he has been writing for the G20, and leading national newspapers. Puneet holds a Master of Technology in renewable energy from TERI University, New Delhi.


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Indiaʼs Updated NDC: A Pathway to Net-Zero by 2070?

Indiaʼs Updated NDC: A Pathway to Net-Zero by 2070?

The meeting of the Union Cabinet of India on August 3, 2022, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved India’s updated nationally determined contribution (NDC). The NDC aims to enhance India’s contribution toward a global response to climate change. This update came in the aftermath of the prime minister’s pledge at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, in 2021, to reach net-zero emissions by 2070. During the conference, Prime Minister Modi went on to announce four supporting initiatives toward India’s net-zero commitment. These include increasing the country’s non-fossil energy capacity to 500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, having 50% of its energy requirements met by renewable energy by 2030, reducing its carbon emission by one billion tonnes by 2030, and reducing the carbon intensity of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 45% by 2030. Two of these commitments have now been incorporated in the updated NDC.

16th October 2022

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