Abdeali Saherwala

Abdeali Saherwala
Yale School of the Environment, Master of Environmental Management, 2022
Fellow at Yale Graduate & Professional Student Senate Fellow at Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School

Abdeali Saherwala is a second year, Master’s in Environmental Management student who is specializing in Energy, Business and Policy. For the summer, he worked as a Clean Energy Policy and Finance Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He worked on three main projects such as integrating Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) together to create a more robust program. Additionally, he worked on deploying clean energy projects in Indigenous territories and worked on improving energy efficiency in wastewater treatment facilities throughout the United States. Furthermore, Abdeali is working as a fact checker for Yale Environment 360 in which he enjoys scrutinizing over facts and figures from articles written by various scholars. Finally, he is currently working as a Student Writer for the Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) in which he has written articles about green bonds and the rapid increase in renewable energy deployment in Republican states. Abdeali is excited to be part of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. His plan is to get involved in the deployment of clean energy from a finance and business perspective, after his MEM degree. Ideally, his passion is to work in clean energy finance in developing countries as the impact of it will be much larger, considering that energy poverty and climate mitigation are huge issues in developing countries.


Authored Articles
China's infrastructure investments contain green and gray

(Photo courtesy Yale Climate Connections.) China keeps using coal- but has today's coal crunch hastened the dirty fuel's decline? 

Two Enormous Countries Burn Lots of Coal. That's a Cue for the Energy Transition.

India and China have been burning lots of coal this year. efore we dive into whether current coal use undermines the case for investing in the countries’ transition, let’s take a broad view of these two countries to see where governments’ energy choices might intrigue clean-energy investors.
Goods that cross the ocean get crossed up in the supply crunch (photo courtesy Ana Ulin)

A container ship on its way to a commercial port...or is it? (Photo by Ana Ulin, courtesy Creative Commons.)

If You Smell Gas, Leave for Fresh Energy Sources: Geopolitics Pinch Transition Plans

With slowdowns affecting shipping and severe weather affecting demand, the price of natural gas soared and overwhelmed all other energy strategies across Asia and Europe this fall. The price crisis reveals how the world's decarbonizing economies remain tethered to fossil fuels and to the antidemocratic states that often control them...
Cyclists fuel up in Carmel, an officially red town with few controversies about green initiatives

Here's another broadly popular source of energy in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo courtesy Andy Montgomery via Creative Commons.)

In States and Cities, Renewable Investment Grows and Grows Less Partisan

The quick take says that Republicans dismiss the climate threat and refuse to see the upside in renewable energy. The deeper take shows more complexity and more finance for clean energy in ostensibly red states. Our reporter spoke with one Republican mayor to learn how solar, wind and efficiency can...
China's infrastructure investments contain green and gray

(Photo courtesy Yale Climate Connections.) China keeps using coal- but has today's coal crunch hastened the dirty fuel's decline? 

Green Bonds: They're Becoming a Standard and They're In Need of Clear Standards

More than a trillion dollars' worth of green bonds have found buyers around the world, but standards for defining what makes a bond green remain watery. How fast and how far can this technique extend before standards make it more reliably predictive of carbon savings- or before an investor loses...