As USAID India’s Senior Clean Energy Specialist, Anurag Mishra is proud to lead USAID’s U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Deployment (PACE-D) project. PACE-D supports bringing clean, reliable and affordable technologies that increase energy efficiency and promote clean energy access across India. India’s national solar mission is among the most ambitious plans globally. The U.S. and India are cooperating on key issues to support the Government of India’s goal to deploy 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022 – the centerpiece of India’s climate pledge and a component of PACE-D.
While helping India harness solar energy and reduce greenhouse gases, Anurag practices what he preaches. He composts his home waste and teaches his two daughters as well as friends about the importance of reducing impact from waste and emissions from vehicle and electricity use.
In June 2015, Anurag was selected for a clean energy fellowship with USAID/Washington. Anurag contributed lessons learned from India and other leading countries on the incentives that drive investment in renewable energy. He identified and researched major trends and issues and drafted a tool that could be used to support the Agency’s work on supporting building blocks that drive clean energy growth.
“The tool captures how countries are driving large-scale renewable energy development,” Anurag said.
Anurag Mishra, Senior Clean Energy Specialist, USAID India
With graduate degrees in environmental planning and architecture, Anurag has a wealth of experience in clean energy, climate change, low-emission development and urban planning in several development organizations including British High Commission/Department for International Development, GIZ, the Government of India, local work experience in his hometown of Bhopal, India, and with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia.
Projects Anurag is particularly proud of having been part of the management of the Strategic Program Fund with the U.K. government to drive action on climate as well as the USAID and ICLEI campaign, Cities for Climate Protection, to work with local governments in implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation in 18 Indian cities. He also made a significant contribution to the design of Solar Cities, the Indian program to scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across select cities.
When it comes to passion for his work, Anurag starts at home with family and friends, helping build sustainable practices into lifestyles. For example, he implemented a USAID India work carpool, saving 100,000 liters of gasoline and five trips around the world over the past five years.
“I practice and teach that we can take action locally, and it can, in fact, have a global impact,” Anurag said.