The ORF Centre for Resources Management pioneers projects and studies relevant to the country's energy policy in the context of energy security and the development needs of the rapidly expanding and diversifying economy. Studies and projects of the Centre so far have focused on the varied, complex and conflicting policy discourse on issues regarding the development of and future of the country's energy mix of conventional and non-conventional sources of energy. Given the growing concern over a warming planet, climate change and its impact on India's energy security has been added to the Centre's research portfolio in 2008.
The Centre organises conferences, seminars and roundtable discussions involving a wide and diverse range of experts and stakeholders to help understand the formulation of policy and lay down a framework of impartial objective analysis that can assist decision makers. The Centre has entered into tie-ups with a variety of other bodies for information sharing and research. Members of CRM are engaged in research and studies with the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London; with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany on Water, Climate Change and Hydro Power and with India Energy Forum, New Delhi on Oil and Natural Gas. A collaborative research project between ORF CRM and The Brookings Institution, USA has culminated in the development of a new quantitative, India-centric, global macroeconomic model, 'I-Cubed', with a focus on energy sectors. The model has been successfully used to explore issues of sector wise productivity, taxation of petroleum products and technology transfer to the Indian power sector. The Centre is the 'Indian partner' in the Global Energy Observatory (GEO), an open collaborative web tool being developed by the New Mexico Consortium, USA. The tool is a collection of interactive databases on energy infrastructures and resources and can be used for integrated analysis.
• ORF-RLS projects
• ORF-IEF projects
• Global Energy Observatory