PUBLIC POLICY FOR SUSTAINABILITY
2011/2012, Semester 1
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
PP5297 Public Policy for Sustainability
2011/2012 Semester 1
Instructor: Surya Sethi
Class time: Mondays 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
This course explores the concept of sustainability – a contemporary concern that is seen as the greatest challenge that humanity has faced to date. Anthropogenic impacts that could potentially threaten our planet have entered public policy debate worldwide with climate change gradually taking center stage since the 1992 Rio Summit. Every young mind that wishes to become tomorrow’s public policy maker must come to terms with balancing development and prosperity with the constraints that are imposed by the sustainable use of our planet’s limited resources. The course will expose the participants to the conflict between shrinking resources and the rising population and needs of modern society.
The course focuses on sustainability within the context of our limited energy, water, land and environmental resources. Impacts of consumptive lifestyles and waste will be analyzed and the role that producers, users, and governments play in shaping human activities dependent on these limited resources will be studied. The course concludes by reviewing and evaluating the public policy mechanisms that can be used to promote sustainability and by spotlighting successful (and unsuccessful) case studies of where communities and countries have promoted more sustainable activities.
Students will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Class Participation: 30%
Final Examination (Monday 21 November 2011, 1.00 p.m.): 30%
These two elements will count the most in grading performance. Students must complete all assigned readings for each class and come fully prepared to critically analyze and discuss the ideas presented in the material for each class. I will typically begin each class with a lecture and directed discussion on the day’s subject. The method of student participation will be decided based on the final number of students taking this elective. Emphasis will be placed on innovative thinking to addressing complex problems and the entire purpose of the class would be to make each student question, think and come up with practical suggestion. Simply stated, each class will be encouraged to
on public policy issues surrounding sustainability and go beyond the written background material.
Hawken, Paul. 2010.
The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability
(New York: Harper Collins). [Available in Law Library RBR]
Sovacool, Benjamin K. 2008.
The Dirty Energy Dilemma: What’s Blocking Clean Power in the United States
(Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing) [Available in Law Library RBR]
8 August 2011
No lesson – University Rag Day
15 August 2011
Introduction to the Course (Shopping Week)
22 August 2011
Concepts of Sustainability
29 August 2011
Energy Use - Electricity
5 September 2011
Energy Use - Transport
12 September 2011
Waste & Water
19 September 2011
26 September 2011
Forestry, Agriculture, and Aquaculture
3 October 0211
10 October 2011
Barriers and Collective Action Problems
17 October 2011
Governance, Scale, and Polycentrism
24 October 2011
Public Policies and Case Studies Part 1
31 October 2011
Public Policies and Case Studies Part 2
7 November 2011
Hari Raya Haji public holiday – lesson to be re-scheduled
21 November 2011, 1.00 p.m.
SURYA P. SETHI
Accomplished professional with an inter-disciplinary, multi-faceted expertise spread across diverse disciplines, sectors and countries. A proven 35-year track record of developing strategic vision, planning, policy formulation and regulation at the macro level to corporate strategy and line responsibility for individual companies, functions, projects and advisory services at the micro level. Expertise covers power, energy, physical infrastructure, multiple industrial sectors, project/structured finance, and capital markets with specific accomplishments in some 30 countries worldwide – spanning enterprises and utilities in the private and public sector, multilateral and bilateral agencies, governments and nongovernmental organizations.
PLANNING COMMISSION, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Principal Adviser (Power & Energy) and Core Climate Negotiator
, rank of
Permanent Secretary to Government of India
New Delhi, 2001 – 2009
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank
Chief Investment Officer
Washington DC, 1984 -2001
TATA ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Head of International Projects
, Tata Enterprises Overseas, Switzerland
Mumbai/Zug, 1974 -1984
Planning Commission, Government of India
was invited by the Indian Government to return from my job with the World Bank Group to work on the Energy Sector in India. I coordinated the plans and policies of six Ministries that included the five energy ministries (Power, Petroleum, Coal, Atomic Energy, Non-Conventional Energy) and the Climate Change component of the Ministry of Environment. I serviced the Prime Minister’s Energy Coordination Committee and wrote the Integrated Energy Policy of India in 2006. Apart from leading or contributing to several energy sector committees/studies covering development of energy resources, energy markets and energy pricing, I helped finalize the Electricity Act, 2003, and the resulting National Electricity Policy, Tariff Policy, Rural Electrification Policy and Hydro Policy. I also helped finalize the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act and the Pipeline Policy and initiated a similar exercise for the coal sector. I contributed to the opening up of India’s nuclear sector, designing a new incentive regime for renewable energy and making the Bureau of Energy Efficiency more effective.
I assisted the Prime Minister’s Council develop India’s Climate Action Plan. As a core climate negotiator, I led India’s negotiations and represented India at UNFCCC and the IPCC, the CSD dialogue at the UN, the preparatory and follow up meetings of the G-8 dialogue, and a number of bi-lateral Energy and Climate Forums with the US, EU, UK and Japan. I have and continue to lecture extensively on India’s energy, infrastructure and climate change issues at academic institutions and think tanks around the globe.
IFC, Washington (World Bank Group) and Tatas
I started my career with the Tata group, India’s largest private sector conglomerate. As a member of the
prestigious Tata Administrative Service, I worked through different levels with functional responsibilities in a number of Tata Group Companies. In my last position, I was head of International Projects at Tata Enterprises Overseas in Zug, Switzerland, with responsibility for Tata investments/companies overseas. After 10 years with Tatas, I joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, at Washington DC. I rose to become Chief Investment Officer with an infrastructure portfolio that covered Power, Hydrocarbons, Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Roads, Ports and Mass Transit projects in a number of developing countries. My industrial experience in IFC and Tatas spans automotive, steel, aluminum, cement, fertilizer, chemical, textile, hospitality, and fabrication sectors. At IFC, I was engaged in project finance, financial restructuring, privatization, advisory services, structuring funds, mobilizing capital and developing capital market instruments for lenders and borrowers.
IIM, Ahmadabad, India Merit Scholar Master of Business Administration, 1974
IIT Mumbai/BITS Pilani, India Merit Scholar Bachelor of Engineering Honors (Electrical), 1971