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Karthik Ganesan Senior Research Associate, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India

Karthik Ganesan is a Senior Research Associate at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India. As a member of the team at CEEW his research focus includes the development of long-term energy scenarios for India (based on an in-house cost-optimization model) and energy efficiency improvements in the industrial sector in India. Linked to his work in industrial efficiency is his role as the principal investigator in an effort to identify critical mineral resources required for India’s manufacturing sector. He also leads a civil society effort to assess greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial sector to understand the contribution of the sector to national emissions inventory. In addition, he supports ongoing work in the areas of energy access indicators for rural Indian households and carried out a first-of-a-kind evaluation of the impact of industrial policies on the renewable energy sector in India. Prior to his association with CEEW, he has worked on an array of projects in collaboration with various international institutions, with a focus on low-carbon development and energy security.

His published (and under review) works include Rethink India’s Energy Strategy (Nature, Comment); The Co-location Opportunities for Renewable Energy and Agriculture in North-western India: Trade-offs and Synergies (Applied Energy, American Geophysical Union); Valuation of Health Impact of Air Pollution from Thermal Power Plants (ADB); Technical Feasibility of Metropolitan Siting of Nuclear Power Plants (NUS) and Prospects for Carbon Capture and Storage in SE Asia (ADB). His role as a research assistant at a graduate level focused on the linkages between electricity consumption and sectoral economic growth using a time-series approach.

Karthik has a Master of Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS). His prior educational training resulted in an MTech in Infrastructure Engineering and a BTech in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.