Dr Navroz Dubash was awarded the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award 2015

Press release
Date: 26 October 2015

"Climate change can be reconstructed as a great opportunity for positive socio-environmental change", said Dr Navroz K Dubash, noted climate policy expert, and the recipient of the T N Khoshoo Memorial Award 2015. Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson of the Arghyam Foundation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) presented the award on October 26, 2015. The award was conferred on Dr Dubash for his pioneering work in linking India's stance in international climate negotiations with its domestic development and environmental policies.

T N Khoshoo Memorial Award was initiated by the Khoshoo Endowment Fund to encourage and promote individuals for achievements in the field of conservation and sustainable development. The Fund is sponsored by Dr Khoshoo's family and friends, ATREE, the Ford Foundation and the Institute of Rural Research and Development. The award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.

Dr Navroz K Dubash is a Senior Fellow at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and coordinator of its Climate Initiative. His research and policy interests include climate change policy and governance at sub-national, national and international scales, and the political economy of energy and water. Currently he is focussing on governance mechanisms to operationalise 'co-benefits' in the context of national climate policy. He has edited many books on policy and governance issues related to climate change and development, and has authored important reports. Dr Navroz holds an MA and PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkely, United States of America.

With reference to the impending international negotiations on climate change in Paris, Dr Navroz said, "Climate change is not just a diplomatic, but a developmental problem too". Highlighting that India's developmental concerns will make it emit more greenhouse gases in the future, he said, "we have to find ways to meet our developmental and local environmental goals while adopting low-carbon pathways".

Though the climate mitigation and developmental issues always do not go hand in hand, "sometimes, they can be dealt with the same set of policies", Dr Navroz said.
On being conferred the prestigious award, Dr Navroz said, "I am feeling humbled and proud". He also thanked his inspiring collaborators and family members for intriguing dinner table discussions.

The award ceremony was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Satish B Agnihotri, Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.

Dr Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group, Mumbai, drew analogies with other international negotiations to point out that one should not have high expectations of the Paris round of climate talks. He said the real benefit of the Paris talks was to "trigger discussions" on the development-climate-environment link within India and other countries.

Ms Svati Bhogle, Chief Executive, Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), Bangalore, said "Less developed countries like India have a lot of potential for absorbing better technologies". Commenting on the lack of energy access for cooking in rural India, she said, "LPG would serve only those in urban cities. For years to come, villagers continue to use solid fuel cook stoves, may be better stoves".

Dr Ashok Sreenivas, Senior Research Fellow, Prayas, Pune, said, "Improving energy efficiency is the easiest and cheapest step to reduce carbon emissions for a country like India. A lot of energy could be saved in better lighting and domestic appliances, and more efficient industrial processes". But he emphasized that "basic needs must be addressed separately and not linked to reducing emissions".

Giving a transportation perspective, Mr Madhav Pai, Director, EMBARQ India, said, "Shifting to public transport is a big opportunity. The Bus Rapid Transport System provides a great opportunity to transform public transport". He also suggested that the space should be allocated for non-motorised transport.

The panel discussion was followed by an question and answer session which saw lively participation from the audience.

Raj Khoshoo, the son of Dr TN Khoshoo, delivered the vote of thanks, mentioning, rather hoping, that adversity would throw up good leadership to help overcome the challenges that would be faced by the citizens of the country.

Dr Navroz Dubash

The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award for 2015 was presented to Dr Navroz K Dubash, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, in recognition of the impact of his work on Indian climate change policy and the international discourse on global climate governance.

Dr Dubash's research has focussed attention on governance mechanisms to operationalize a co-benefits framework to simultaneously address growth and environmental objectives in developing countries like India. As coordinator of CPR's Climate Initiative, he has spearheaded an assessment of India's state action plans on climate change. His edited book "A Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, Policy and Governance" (2012) is a leading reference to understand the evolution of Indian perspectives and politics on climate change. He has been a Lead Author and Synthesis Report author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5), and has served on India's Expert Committee on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth and other national committees on water and energy policy.

Dr Dubash's research and policy contributions have informed and strengthened India's position in the climate change negotiations over the last several years. His work has furthered the field of climate policy by combining elements as diverse as energy modelling, air quality health impacts, political science and institutional analysis.

Dr Navroz Dubash
Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award for 2015 was presented to Dr Navroz K Dubash, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, in recognition of the impact of his work on Indian climate change policy and the international discourse on global climate governance.

Dr Dubash's research has focussed attention on governance mechanisms to operationalize a co-benefits framework to simultaneously address growth and environmental objectives in developing countries like India. As coordinator of CPR's Climate Initiative, he has spearheaded an assessment of India's state action plans on climate change. His edited book "A Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, Policy and Governance" (2012) is a leading reference to understand the evolution of Indian perspectives and politics on climate change. He has been a Lead Author and Synthesis Report author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5), and has served on India's Expert Committee on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth and other national committees on water and energy policy.

Svati Bhogle
Chief Executive, Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), Bangalore
Svati Bhogle has worked at TIDE on several projects involving technology development and adaptation and entrepreneurship models for sustainable technology dissemination. She was previously with the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology, where she was involved in the development of fuel efficient biomass based stoves and dryers for a variety of applications. In the past few years, she has been associated with projects involving women and livelihoods.

Madhav Pai
Director, EMBARQ India, Mumbai
Madhav Pai leads EMBARQ India's work on transport and urban development projects across India. EMBARQ - the WRI Center for Sustainable Transport - is a not-for-profit initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI). He is the lead author of "Bus Karo" a guidebook on bus operations and planning and has analysed the urban transport situation and the progress of BRT projects in Indian cities. He has previously worked on transport research, planning, and training at Citilabs, Dowling Associates Inc., and the University of California Berkeley.

Ajit Ranade
Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group, Mumbai
Ajit Ranade is Chief Economist of the Aditya Birla Group. He has previously served as Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Bank. He was Government of India's nominee as Independent Director of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India, most recently in the committee on Fuller Capital Account Convertibility.

Ashok Sreenivas
Senior Research Fellow, Prayas, Pune
Ashok Sreenivas works on energy policy and climate change at Prayas (Energy Group). He is also associated with Parisar, a group working towards sustainable solutions for urban transport. He has previously worked in applied computer science research.

Satish B. Agnihotri
Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, New Delhi
Satish Agnihotri is an IAS officer of Orissa Cadre from the 1980 batch and has held several important positions in the Government of India. He has done a Ph. D on sex ratio patterns in the Indian population from the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at CTARA (Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas), IIT Bombay.

About Dr T N Khoshoo:
TN Khoshoo Memorial Award was instituted in 2004 in memory of the world-renowned environmental scientist, Dr Triloki Nath Khoshoo. Dr Khoshoo, who was appointed India's first Secretary of the Department of Environment, Government of India in 1982, played a significant role in the development of India's environmental policy.

About ATREE:
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) is an applied research institute working in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It focuses research, education and outreach that influence policy and practice on conservation of nature, management of natural resources, and sustainable development.
ATREE's mission is to promote socially just environmental conservation and sustainable development by generating rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge that engages actively with academia, policy makers, practitioners, activists, students and wider public audiences.
ATREE envisions a society committed to environmental conservation and sustainable and socially just development, in which ATREE plays the role of a model knowledge-generating organization for catalysing the transition to such a society.