The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) is one of South Asias leading not-for-profit policy research institutions. The Council uses data, integrated analysis,and strategic outreach to explain and change the use, reuse, and misuse of resources. The Council addresses pressing global challenges through an integrated and internationally focused approach. It prides itself on the independence of its high-quality research, develops partnerships with public and private institutions, and engages with the wider public.
In 2019, CEEW once again featured extensively across nine categories in the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, including being ranked as South Asia top think tank (15th globally) with an annual operating budget of less than USD 5 million for the sixth year in a row. CEEW has also been ranked as South Asia top energy and resource policy think tank in these rankings. In 2016, CEEW was ranked 2nd in India, 4th outside Europe and North America, and 20th globally out of 240 think tanks as per the ICCG Climate Think Tank standardised rankings.
In over eight years of operations, The Council has engaged in over 210 research projects, published nearly 150 peer-reviewed books, policy reports and papers, advised governments around the world nearly 500 times, engaged with industry to encourage investments in clean technologies and improve efficiency in resource use, promoted bilateral and multilateral initiatives between governments on more than 60 occasions, helped state governments with water and irrigation reforms, and organised over 260 seminars and conferences.
The Council major projects on energy policy include India largest multidimensional energy access survey (ACCESS); the first independent assessment of India solar mission; the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) of hundreds of decentralised clean energy firms; India green industrial policy; the USD 125 million India-U.S. Joint Clean Energy R&D Centres; developing the strategy for and supporting activities related to the International Solar Alliance; designing the Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM); modelling long-term energy scenarios; energy subsidies reform; energy storage technologies; India 2030 Renewable Energy Roadmap; energy efficiency measures for MSMEs; clean energy subsidies (for the Rio+20 Summit); clean energy innovations for rural economies; community energy; scaling up rooftop solar; and renewable energy jobs, finance and skills.
The Council major projects on climate, environment and resource security include advising and contributing to climate negotiations (COP-24) in Katowice, especially on the formulating guidelines of the Paris Agreement rule-book; pathways for achieving INDCs and mid-century strategies for decarbonisation; assessing global climate risks; heat-health action plans for Indian cities; assessing India adaptation gap; low-carbon rural development; environmental clearances; modelling HFC emissions; the business case for phasing down HFCs; assessing India critical minerals; geoengineering governance; climate finance; nuclear power and low-carbon pathways; electric rail transport; monitoring air quality; the business case for energy efficiency and emissions reductions; India first report on global governance, submitted to the National Security Adviser; foreign policy implications for resource security; India power sector reforms; zero budget natural farming; resource nexus, and strategic industries and technologies; and the Maharashtra-Guangdong partnership on sustainability.
The Council major projects on water governance and security include the 584-page National Water Resources Framework Study for India 12th Five Year Plan; irrigation reform for Bihar; Swachh Bharat; supporting India National Water Mission; collective action for water security; mapping India traditional water bodies; modelling water-energy nexus; circular economy of water; participatory irrigation management in South Asia; domestic water conflicts; modelling decision making at the basin-level; rainwater harvesting; and multi-stakeholder initiatives for urban water management.