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CCG in India


The CCG India Network logo including the logos of CCG, the Centre for Global Equality, and Strathmore University, Nairobi

CCG has been working with India since November 2022, as CCG’s sixth partner country.  CCG has yet to finalise the coordinating institutions, which are planned to be split into two, one based in the North of India, and one in the South.

At COP26 in Glasgow, India announced the Panchamrit (Hindustan Times and Rödl & Partner), or five-point agenda, which provided key targets to be achieved by 2030, and its net zero target of 2070. Therefore, CCG is ensuring its engagement is aligned with this high-level policy steer and some of the other India-UK initiatives in green energy and transport. These include the India-UK Energy for Growth Partnership, the UK-India Green Finance Taskforce, and the Electric Mobility Partnership.

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As we are still in the early stages of this project, there have not yet been any formal Special Interest Groups (SIGs) established. However, proposals are under development and should be determined in early 2024. There will be a strong emphasis on green hydrogen, given India’s National Hydrogen Mission, and state-level planning interventions.

India CCG Network Activities

In February/March 2023, members of the CCG consortium visited India to strengthen and build collaborations with India partners, scope the research priorities where CCG might be able to engage and support, and conduct two green hydrogen workshops (one in Chandigarh and one in Chennai). Overall, the team met with members from academia, state governments, the private sector, international organisations, and think tanks.

Members of the CCG delegation in India meeting with the Department of Science and Technology
Members of the CCG delegation in India meeting with the Department of Science and Technology

The South India CCG Network Inception Workshop took place in Chennai, January to February 2024 and even received national media attention. It was organised jointly with Anna University Chennai Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management.

Lara Allen, chief executive officer of Centre for Global Equality, and Elizabeth Tennyson, country programme manager, were joined by Oliver Ballhatchet MBE Deputy High Commissioner and Vice-Chancellor of Anna University Dr R Velraj for the signing of the collaboration agreement.

The India CCG Team

Dr Kurian Joseph, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management

KURIAN JOSEPH is an Environmental Engineer and currently Professor at Centre for Environmental Studies, and Director, Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management at Anna University, Chennai, India. Main areas of his expertise include Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Sustainable Development, Municipal Solid Waste Management, Cleaner Production, Industrial and Hazardous Waste Treatment, Environmental Economics and Environmental Management Systems.

Dr Divya Subash Kumar, Project Scientist, Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management

Divya Subash Kumar is a climate change researcher with a Doctorate in Climate Change and Health. She has made significant contributions to understanding the impacts of climate change on human health, particularly in Chennai, India. Her expertise spans across research, and project management, supported by an educational background.

Dr Kumar’s collaborative approach have been instrumental in coordinating various workshops and capacity-building programs aimed at addressing climate change challenges.

UK-based (Centre for Global Equality and University of Cambridge)
Dr Beth Tennyson
Dr Kirsty Mackinlay
Dr Lara Allen [profile]


All the research for India can be found on the CCG Research Index here.