Modeling India’s energy future using a bottom-up approach

TitleModeling India’s energy future using a bottom-up approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsStephane de la Rue du Can, Aditya Khandekar, Nikit Abhyankar, Nina Khanna, David Fridley, Nan Zhou, Amol A Phadke
JournalApplied Energy
Date Published03/2019
KeywordsBottom-up energy modeling, Emission mitigation, india, Low carbon pathways, National policies, Scenario modeling

India and China are the world's most populous nations, but they have experienced a very different pattern of economic development. As a result, India currently contributes less than one-quarter of the amount of China's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. However, India's forecasted economic growth suggests that those emissions will almost quadruple, with much of this rise coming from the industry sector. Whole-economy scenarios for limiting global warming suggest that direct CO2 emissions should decrease significantly, but leave unanswered the question of how this can be achieved by real-world policies. This study describes a bottom-up model that can be used to assess the impacts of emissions mitigation policies and the linkages between the physical drivers and energy growth of India's key industries. It focuses on capturing the main physical drivers of this growth, to identify and prioritize the subsectors to address and develop sustainable, low carbon pathways to support economic growth. This analysis shows that India can achieve its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) while achieving substantial economic growth using its currently planned policies. The study describes in detail the methodology and underlying assumptions that are needed by policy makers to inform targeted policy interventions and provide a baseline scenario in the case of no major new technology breakthroughs and no new adopted policies.