Prima Madan

Senior Advocate, Cooling and Efficiency, India, International Program

Prima Madan leads the work on cooling and energy efficiency for the India program. Her work is focused on advocating for climate policies that reduce emissions from air-conditioning and refrigeration and fluorinated chemicals (HFCs, CFCs). She works on promoting building energy efficiency policies, efficient air conditioners, and passive cooling technologies to reduce cooling demand. She also supports work on air pollution, extreme heat, and programmatic work for the India team. Madan has over 15 years of experience in planning, managing, and implementing energy and climate change projects in India. Before joining NRDC, she worked in the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)’s South Asia office as a senior project manager. She spearheaded a number of IIEC’s key projects, including designing a national-level fund for energy efficiency. She was also extensively involved in designing innovative financing mechanisms for promoting energy efficiency under India’s National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency. Madan began her career with the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), where she worked on the Fourth Assessment Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Madan holds a B.A. (Hons) in economics from Hansraj College, Delhi University, and an M.Sc in economics from the University of Nottingham, UK.