Climate Policy


5 December 2015

Towards Methodologies for Multiple Objective-Based Energy and Climate Policy

Radhika Khosla, Srihari Dukkipati, Navroz K Dubash, Ashok Sreenivas and Brett Cohen


Planning for India’s energy future requires addressing multiple and simultaneous economic, social and environmental challenges. While there has been conceptual progress towards harnessing their synergies, there are limited methodologies available for operationalising a multiple objective framework for development and climate policy. This paper proposes a “multi-criteria decision analysis” approach to this problem, using illustrative examples from the cooking and buildings sectors. An MCDA approach enables policy processes that are analytically rigorous, participative and transparent, which are required to address India’s complex energy and climate challenges.

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