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Trees make us feel better, but they have a cost, sometimes an enormous cost, in terms of road safety and management. Dispassionate analysis should guide policy decisions, which suggests some trees should be cut down.
Public-private collaboration will be essential to raising the finance needed for India's cleaner growth. While the right domestic policies will be key to facilitating finance, greatly scaling up investment from the private sector will be the only way to mobilise the full amount of capital needed to meet India's renewable energy targets. In order to scale up private investment, India needs financial instruments for renewable energy and other green infrastructure that are a better match with investors' needs.