What We Do
“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.”
- Policy Advocacy
- Climate Negotiations
- Engaging multi-lateral agencies
- Demystifying Renewable Energy and demolishing myths
- State Climate Action Plans
- RE model projects for grass-roots communities
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.
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.
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.