Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

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New Delhi , India
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Climate Lobbying Overview: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) appears to be relatively engaged on Indian climate change policy, and takes mixed positions. The industry association seems to have supportive top-line communications on climate policy, and supports climate-related regulations. The association’s position on the energy transition is more mixed, but it has taken more positive positions supporting renewable energy development and green hydrogen in 2021-22.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: CII has taken positive positions on climate policy in its top-line communications. The industry association has consistently supported India’s 2070 net zero objective, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at COP26 in November 2021. For example, in an April 2022 blog, CII backed the 2070 net zero objective, and again in a March 2022 press release. Former CII president T.V. Narendran appeared to support GHG emission reductions in line with IPCC recommendations, but also emphasized the need to balance economic growth and job creation goals in a November 2021 press release. CII stated support for the UN Paris Agreement, and India’s NDC targets on its corporate website, accessed August 2022. In a December 2021 CII Artha - Economy Journal publication, the industry group advocated for government policy action to achieve India’s COP26 commitments.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: CII’s engagement with climate-related regulations appears to be positive. The industry association has supported India’s COP26 announcement of 50% non-fossil fuel installed energy generation capacity by 2030. For example, former CII president T.V. Narendran stated the successful implementation of the 2030 target would put India on track to be “the largest renewable energy hub” in a November 2021 social media post. CII also appeared to support measures to strengthen Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) for wind energy in a July 2022 press release. CII also appeared to support the government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for solar PV modules in a March 2022 press release. The industry association stated support for India’s 2030 GHG emission intensity reduction target of 33-35% in a June 2021 social media post. CII also advocated for the extension of the Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme, a programme to encourage energy efficiency improvements in energy intensive industry, in a July 2018 publication, but has not engaged with any energy efficiency policy since then.

Positioning on Energy Transition: CII appears to have mixed engagement on the energy transition, but since 2021-22 has taken more positive positions supporting renewable energy and green hydrogen development in India. The industry group supported India’s Green Hydrogen Mission announcement, and advocated for measures and investment in green hydrogen and solar power in an August 2022 article by Energy World (The Economic Times). . In a March 2022 press release, the association supported the decarbonization of the transport sector, and advocated for measures to support charging infrastructure development for electric vehicles (EV). CII also appeared to support India’s 2030 30% EV target on social media in November 2021.

However, CII has also supported the transitional role of fossil gas and has appeared to support the continued role of coal with CCUS in the energy mix. In an April 2022, Policy Watch publication, CII supported the role of fossil gas in the energy mix alongside renewables to transition the energy mix. The industry association also appeared to suggest the Indian government provide exemptions for coal and freight payments, and waiver fossil fuel subsidy surcharges to support an economic recovery from COVID-19 in an April 2020 publication.

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