Resource Efficiencies

The construction sector is an important part of the economy, having contributed about 8% to the national GDP over the last 5 years. It also provides employment to 18 million people directly. The downside of this sector is its enormous resource and energy footprint. The impact is only set to increase with an estimated shortage of about 60 million houses during the twelfth five-year period of 2012-2017. Given the massive growth in new construction and the inefficiencies of the existing building stock worldwide, greenhouse-gas emissions from this sector are expected to double up in the next 20 years. The current designs, locations, building materials and technologies used for construction may not remain relevant with the change in climatic conditions that are expected to: raise the sea level, increase severe weather episodes and natural disasters, and lead to severe water shortage. The choice of building material is important for sustainable design because it may have a significant impact on the embodied energy of the building material during its extraction, processing, transportation, and utilisation.

The answer to all these issues is a gradual shift towards a Low Carbon, Climate Resilient (LC-CR) development pathway. This requires creation of an enabling environment focused on the three key factors of: knowledge (building a technology base), finance (devising innovative mechanisms) and policy (strengthening the institutional framework). The DA Group is working towards influencing this pathway at the regional, state, national and global levels, to increase awareness, acceptance and adoption of cleaner production, construction materials and technologies.


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Achieving resource synergies for a rapidly urbanising India

This document is an outcome of a project titled; “Achieving resource synergies for a rapidly urbanizing India” funded by Heinrich Böll Foundation, for the economic development, social empowerment and environment management of our society. This Background paper is intended for use by policy-makers, academics, media, government, non-government organisations and general public for guidance on matters of interest only and does not constitute professional advice.

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The Changing Landscape of Development Assistance

The last decade has witnessed the evolution of a new landscape of development cooperation. The rise of new financial contributions and models for meeting international development objectives that are beyond the definition of traditional official development assistance has redefined the contours of development assistance. These new development contributions include non-development assistance committee donors (India and China), climate finance funds, social impact investors, philanthropists, global funds and less concessional flows . The composition of development aid has predominantly shifted to non-traditional sources. The share of non-traditional share of development aid flows from being only $5.3 billion or 8.1% of total development assistance in 2000 increased tenfold to $53.3 billion or 30.7% by 2009 .

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Access of Fly Ash with Economic-Ecological and Social Benefits to All Stakeholders Engaged In the Manufacture of Cement and Cement Based Products- Preparation of A Perspective Document

The project facilitate implementation of coherent policy measures (both at national and state level) for large scale rollout of cleaner and  low carbon technologies for brick production.

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