About the Project

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 five year period, and have strong political will to challenge status quo development thinking

Work with existing steering and technical advisory groups:  To help guide the project process and inform selection of projects during implementation

Develop energy baselines and GHG inventories for the project cities:   To understand the existing conditions at the local level; to help cities measure and chart out management and improvement plans  

Implementation phase: Work with the cities to guide implementation and to implement policies and pilot demonstration projects. The implementation projects did not tie in with existing development projects in the city as originally envisioned, but focused on add-on or complementary initiatives instead. This was judged as the best course due to the complex nature of development work under the existing national and local schemes

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

Types of interventions planned to achieve results

Policy Interventions:

» Amending and improving building byelaws
» Codes for energy efficiency
» Comprehensive energy policies
» Increasing green cover
» Codes for water conservation
Audits and Pilot Interventions:

» Renewable energy demonstrations
» Energy efficiency demonstrations
» Building energy management pilot
» Water supply improvement pilots
» Bore wells energy audit

Number crunching:

3 Years 2 Cities 10 Interventions
The Result: 10 - 20% reduction in citywide emissions

Project Highlights
Originally developed during ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection (CCP), ICLEI assists cities to pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their local government operations and throughout their communities through a Five Milestone Process. The five milestones of the CCP and the methodology behind provide a simple, standardized means of calculating greenhouse gas emissions, of establishing targets to lower emissions, of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and of monitoring, measuring and reporting performance.

The five milestones are:
1 Conduct a baseline emissions inventory and forecast.
2 Adopt an emissions reduction target for the forecast year. 
3 Develop a Local Action Plan.
4 Implement policies and measures. 
5 Monitor and verify results. 

Rajkot and Coimbatore, as JNNURM mission cities, really represent what is happening on the ground in Indian cities today, and are well placed to be good models for replication in the rest of the country
Emani Kumar
Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia
The wind-solar PV hybrid system installed in Coimbatore as part of the Urban Climate Project is a real achievement in itself, and we are proud to promote it across the city and region
Anshul Mishra
IAS Municipal Commissioner, Coimbatore
Development that does not address issues of quality of life, pollution and climate change is not true development, and RMC’s efforts, along with the Urban Climate Project, strive to promote sustainable development
Dinesh Brahmbhatt
IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Rajkot
It is about building solutions for future generations and also improving communities in the more immediate, short-term future (and to) join the global effort to combat climate change at a local level
Richard Alden Feldon
International Programs Coordinator, ICLEI USA
The Urban Climate Project is a real model that we need to replicate in other jurisdictions. It is at the local level where transformation is going to take place. This is a century of cities (and) reducing energy costs and improving efficiency: that is the challenge.
David Cadman
Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver and President, ICLEI
Programs such as the Urban Climate Project enable local elected officials to draw on a tremendous network of best practices.
Martin Chavez
Executive Director, ICLEI USA
Local governments are the innovators and incubators of change in terms of energy efficiency
Valerie Brown
Sustainability Director, Sonoma County, USA
NIUA will disseminate information about the Urban Climate Project to the 65 JNNURM cities through the PEARL network
Chetan Vaidya
Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs
India is a priority country, and clean energy and climate change are priority initiatives
Jeremy Gustafson
Director, Clean Energy and Environment Division, USAID