Economic Growth and Environmental Protection through Evidence-Based Policy

9:30 am–12:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


India's government faces a daunting challenge-- how to meet the constitutional right of citizens to a clean environment without compromising economic growth?  This workshop brought together leading regulators, industrialists and researchers to drive the creation of new environmental policy to meet both goals.  Sessions covered the frontier of regulation today: advanced monitoring systems, information disclosure and emissions trading.  (More information about the workshop is available here.)

The conference was jointly hosted by the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC Center) at the University of Chicago and Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard University, along with support from IFMR LEAD, the British Department for International Development’s Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence Program (BCURE), and Harvard University’s Sustainability Science Program.


Economic Growth and Environmental Protection through Evidence-Based Policy

Thursday, 31 July, 2014
9:30 AM Registration and Coffee

10:00 AM Economic Growth and Longer Lives: The Benefits of Evidence-Based Policymaking

Rohini Pande, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


10:15 AM  Conversation on Economic Growth and Environmental Protection: Are there Trade Offs?

Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Environment and Forests  

Bahar Dutt, Conservation Biologist and Senior Journalist, Academic/Policy Perspective (TBC)


11:00 AM  AM Break


11:15 PM  Data-Driven Innovations in Monitoring and Regulation 

D. Saha, Scientist ‘D’, Central Pollution Control Board 

V.M. Motghare, Joint Director, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board 

Ajay Tyagi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests 

Nick Ryan, Yale University (Moderator)


12:15 PM  Next Generation Environmental Regulation: Center, State and Industry Perspectives

Hardik Shah, Member Secretary, Gujarat Pollution Control Board
V.P. Joy, Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat
A. Akolkar, Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board
Seema Arora, Executive Director, Confederation of Indian Industry
Anant Sudarshan, EPIC at University of Chicago (Moderator)

1:15 PM Catalyzing Research-Policy Partnerships and Concluding Remarks

Jyotsna Puri, Deputy Executive Director, 3ie
Charity Troyer Moore, India Lead, Evidence for Policy Design


1:30 Lunch