Okapi's work in this area has focused on air quality, renewable energy access, alternate energy sources and scaling of sanitation infrastructure. The practice area endeavours to provide high quality research and impactful advisory services to a range of clients to support their efforts in interdisciplinary areas of energy, environmental sustainability and climate change. Okapi’s strategy is to facilitate the structuring of environmental project outcomes for its clients by drawing upon its experts having extensive research and consulting experience working in India and internationally.
With the increasing focus on decentralized and non-sewer options for the provision of sustainable sanitation infrastructure and services it has become imperative to address all components of the sanitation service chain, in particular decentralized systems, to design and implement sound business models with a robust financing and cost recovery plan. The Institute of Water Management (IWMI) hired Okapi on a short term assignment for its sustainable urban sanitation program to develop a robust, flexible and scaleable financial model within the scope of the Public-Private-Partnership arch
Writing a case study on contract design for solid waste management concessions in Chennai. The report focuses closely on strategies for specifying, monitoring, and rewarding performance in order to ensure service quality as well as compliance with environmental norms in a sustainable partnership.
Clean energy innovation will play an important role in enabling India to secure much-needed energy access, economic growth and development while avoiding increasing air and climate-affecting emissions. This innovation must also be inclusive, in the sense not only of its fruits being made available to a wide range of individuals, households, and businesses; but also in the sense of it being shaped by and benefiting a wide range of suppliers including domestic small and medium enterprises. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a major resource to marshal toward technology and business mo
Okapi worked with The World Bank, Tata Trusts, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to design a hybrid inducement prize and incubator to promote the development of a low-emission user-friendly, rapidly deployable, biomass stove. While there are are many options for cooking, biomass remains an important fuel source across much of India and there is substantial room to use it in a cleaner, more efficient way.
Okapi experts worked with an interdisciplinary group of researchers and policymakers from The Energy And Resources Institute (Delhi), California Air Resources Board, University of California, San Diego, and various state governments in India to develop an action plan for reducing transport-related air pollution. Okapi's contribution focused on institutional design for implementing the recommended policy and governance measures.
Okapi was engaged by Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd. to identify ways to support a sustainable energy transition as India urbanizes. After comprehensive research and stakeholder interaction, a small set of initiatives were identified that could catalyze policy, private sector and community efforts toward adoption of lower emission, more efficient, energy sources and use technologies. Air Insight is one of the initiatives. Public awareness about the hazards of air pollution is on the rise, as is willingness to pay for mitigation and avoidance. Political will to act to reduce emissions is also incr