The Urban Climate Project—Building Clean and Efficient Cities
Through the Urban Climate Project, ICLEI-SA with support from NIUA, assisted two project cities to implement infrastructure projects through technical and to some extent financial support for pilot interventions by including cleaner and efficient technologies and also to model GHG deflections to showcase benefits.

Building blocks to clean and efficient cities: project process
City selection:
Select two cities that plan to invest a minimum of 200 million USD over the next five year
      period, and have strong political will to challenge status quo development thinking
Share knowledge:
At regional and national workshops, through exchanges between the cities,
     through representation of the project cities at various national and global
     platforms with a focus on exchange of knowledge with other JNNURM cities
Half of India’s population is likely to be living in cities and urban areas by 2050. The subject of clean and efficient energy has gained relevance lately in developing countries, as a tool for sustainable development, and improvement of public access to basic services and amenities. The end of 2005 saw the launch of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), by the Indian federal government (through the Ministry of Urban Development, MoUD), mainly to “encourage reforms and fast track planned development of identified cities with focus on efficiency in urban infrastructure and service delivery mechanisms, community participation, and accountability of urban local bodies (ULBs)/parastatal agencies towards citizens”.
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an
international association of local governments as well as
national and regional local government organizations who
have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI
provides technical consulting, training, and information services to
build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the
implementation of sustainable development at the local level. The basic
premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and
cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
The main implementing partner of the Urban Climate project is ICLEI South Asia, along with ICLEI USA.
United States Department of State: Asia Pacific Partnership
National Institute of Urban Affairs
Project Cities
Coimbatore Municipal Corporation also known as Kovai, Coimbatore is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu after Chennai.
Rajkot is the fourth largest city in the state of Gujarat. It is one of the fastest growing cities in India, and is making large strides in the
For more information to adopt the project initiatives in your city or community, please contact ICLEI South Asia at