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Vasudha Foundation is actively involved and engaged in the climate negotiations that take place under the aegis of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it has recently been accredited as an Observer organization to the UNFCCC process at the 19th Conference of Parties held at Warsaw, Poland. The organization is also involved in following other multi-lateral forums such as the G-8, G-20, and the Green Climate Fund to name a few.”

Vasudha Foundation endeavors to bring changes in the Policy Framework in order to promote environment friendly energy models, and also to ensure a large scale penetration of these models and systems in order to ensure access to energy for all.

Vasudha Foundation is actively involved and engaged in the climate negotiations that take place under the aegis of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and also other multi-lateral forums such as the G-8, G-20, Convention on Bio-Diversity to name a few. The organization is allied to leading networks of civil society groups such as the Climate Action Network (CAN) and its regional node, particularly the Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA).

Vasudha Foundation works closely and in association with the 550 odd members of the Climate Action Network to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

Vasudha Foundation engages with multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to get the agencies to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability. The Foundation in the past year has been actively lobbying with the World Bank to adopt a completely new paradigm in its forthcoming Energy Strategy, which ensures that the twin objectives of Energy Access and Low Carbon Energy Development are fully met in true spirit of the terms. The work continues in association with a number of organizations including the Bank Information Centre, Bretton Woods Project, Christian-Aid, UK, Oil Change International, Sierra Club.

In India, Vasudha Foundation works to address and clarify a number of myths surrounding the Renewable Energy, which are often used by the policy makers to justify the slow penetration and growth of renewable energy in the country.

In “Shifting of Goal Posts,” the first report of a series aimed at demolishing such prejudices, the Foundation undertook a detailed research and analysis of the current rural electrification model followed in India and highlighted the reasons for a very slow progress in rural electrification. The next report in the series released in the November 2011 looks into energy access issues of rural communities, economics of centralized grid connectivity vs. decentralized renewable energy options, and the ability and willingness to pay for electricity by the rural poor. Vasudha Foundation partners with civil society groups in using these reports as lobby tools.

At the state level, Vasudha Foundation is actively engaged with two states in helping them formulate their State Climate Action Plan. The preparation of the State Climate Action Plan for Sikkim is complete and has been uploaded on the Ministry of Environment & Forests website, while the State Climate Action Plan for Nagaland is almost complete. Vasudha Foundation will also be facilitating the preparation of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli State Plan.

Vasudha Foundation works with communities to set up community owned, designed, managed and operated holistic renewable energy based mini-grids. Work of setting up one such pilot project in Lalpur Village in Madhupur Taluk of Jharkhand is already underway. This energy model, when operational is designed to address all energy needs such as heating, lighting, water pumping systems and energy for other livelihood options in the village.

This model has been designed to ensure that communities pay for the energy on usage basis and, in the medium term, will evolve into a business model.