The World institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) is a not-for-profit institute established in 2004 in Pune, India, committed to the cause of promoting sustainable energy and sustainable development, with specific emphasis on issues related to renewable energy, energy security, energy efficiency, and climate change. Influencing public policy through research, advocacy, development of action plans/roadmaps, capacity building, training and outreach activities, is the prime objective of WISE.
Since its inception, WISE has pioneered many important initiatives in the above areas. These include:
- Developing state-level action plans/roadmaps for climate mitigation through accelerated deployment of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.
- Developing a renewable energy pathway for achieving the target of 15% renewable energy by 2020, as specified by the National Action Plan on Climate Change (the Government of India has officially accepted WISE’s findings for inclusion in the five-year plan targets).
- Developing state-level vision documents and renewable energy action plans for the transition to a low-carbon and energy efficient economy.
- Engaging in developing state-level policies and capacity building for renewable development agencies.
- Renewable energy resource assessment at the national and state levels using the GIS platform.
- Consultancy to various municipal solid waste (MSW) management projects in different states of the country.
- Policy research and policy advocacy in critical areas like transition to a sustainable energy system by 2050, wind power and solar energy, future of coal electricity in India, etc.
- Piloting a model Renewable Energy law for India.
- Communication and outreach activities to propagate the need for renewables and research initiatives to prove the long-term viability of renewables, etc.
WISE has completed around 100 projects in the above areas (including organizing over 40 training programmes and major conferences) spanning across 14 major industrial and non-industrial states in India. These include:
- North India: Jammu and Kashmir, and Bihar
- Central India: Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
- West India: Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat
- South India: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and the Union Territory of Puducherry
- East India: West Bengal and Odisha
WISE is also currently working with the EU (as part of a global consortium) for facilitating India’s transition towards low carbon development by supporting implementation of national policies and programs through the development of offshore wind power (for the first time ever) in India. The hub/project management unit for this project is located in WISE.
WISE’s activities are channeled through its specialist centres which include: