Also known as Kovai, Coimbatore is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu after Chennai. One of the fastest growing cities in India, it has a highly developed industrial sector, with a number of small scale and large scale industries located in and around the city. It is also developing into a center of excellence for education in the region. During initial stages under the Urban Climate Project, Coimbatore prepared a detailed energy status and emissions report (2009). This baseline was later profiled as a part of the report ‘Energy and Carbon Emissions Profiles of 54 South Asian Cities’ (ICLEI SA, 2009).


Population (2001): 913,474
Area: 105.50 sq km
Wards: 72
Households: 225,000

Urban Climate project team in Coimbatore:

  • Anshul Mishra, IAS, Municipal Commissioner
  • A Lakshmanan, Executive Engineer (JNNURM)
  • Bhoopathy, Superintendent Engineer (JNNURM)

For more information on the UCP and other initiatives in Coimbatore, please contact:

Corporation of Coimbatore
Coimbatore - 641001

Coimbatore Highlights
The Urban Climate project’s objectives continue to be realized in Coimbatore, with the city taking large strides in the energy and infrastructure sector. Other clean and efficient energy interventions in Coimbatore include:

1 A 3000 LPD solar water heater is to be installed at the Coimbatore Corporation slaughterhouse
2 Coimbatore was profiled in the report ‘Energy and Carbon Emissions Profiles of 54 South Asian Cities’
3 Coimbatore is a Solar City under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Solar Cities’ Programme (
4 Coimbatore Corporation has a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Resource Centre, initiated in 2008 under ICLEI’s Local Renewables Model Communities’ Network Project. This Centre is powered by Solar PV.
5 The mayor’s and commissioner’s chambers at the Coimbatore Corporation were retrofitted with energy efficient lighting and cooling
6 The Coimbatore Corporation partnered with a private Energy Service Company (ESCo) to implement a large scale energy savings project for Coimbatore’s street lighting system. Savings from the project amount to 30% of the annual energy consumption!
7 The Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies installed solar powered garden lights with assistance from the Coimbatore Resource Centre


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