New Delhi International Conference on Cities and Climate Change, New Delhi, India, February 2011

The Conference on 'Cities and Climate Change' was organized by the Department of Environment, Government of the NCT of Delhi with the assistance of ICLEI South Asia and the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, showcased Speakers from 11 International cities and more than 25 Indian cities, who shared their rich experiences. Over 400 Delegates across India and world actively participated in the occasion.

As part of the Urban Climate Project, a high level delegation was organized comprising representatives of local governments in the USA. The ICLEI USA delegation was led by Valerie Brown, Board of Supervisors, Sonoma County & ICLEI USA Board of Directors, California; David Cadman, Deputy Mayor of the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada & ICLEI President; and Martin Chávez, Executive Director of ICLEI USA and former three-term mayor of Albuquerque, NM.  They were joined by Richard Alden Feldon, International Programs Manager, ICLEI USA; David “Bryan” Glascock, Commissioner, Boston Massachusetts Environment Department; Matthew Naud, Environment Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor, MI; Mandy Mahoney, Director of Sustainability, Atlanta, GA; Griffin M. Thompson, Ph.D., Manager, Energy and Climate Programs and Senior Energy Advisor, U.S Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; and Kelley McKanna, Project Manager, Renewable Funding, Oakland, CA.

The two Indian cities participating in the Urban Climate Project, Rajkot and Coimbatore were represented by Dr D H Brahmbhatt, IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Alpana Mitra, Officer on Special Duty, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, and R Gayathri, Councillor, Coimbatore Municipal Corporation.

Presentations made by the USA delegation and the UCP cities can be downloaded here

Urban Climate Project: Building Clean and Efficient Cities, Project and PACE overview workshop, Delhi, February 2011

ICLEI South Asia and its partners along with ICLEI USA organized a meet on February 23 in New Delhi to review the Urban Climate Project (UCP).

Project members and participants from India, Rajkot and Coimbatore and their USA counterparts also interacted and shared their experiences for improving sustainability in their cities and also reviewed the successes and accomplishments of the UCP in Rajkot and Coimbatore. David Cadman, ICLEI President, said," Clean and efficient cities is the challenge for cities."

Mr. Griffin M Thompson, USDOS, said that local actions need to done at local levels and the cities need to address the financial and political challenges. "It is not about public-privtae-participation but public-public-participation." Mr. Jeremy Gustafson, USAID, emphasized on the need of reducing green house gases.

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), a funding mechanism to enable the development and implementation of clean and efficient energy programs in India was also introduced by Kelley Mckanna, Project Manger, US-based Renewable Funding Company. "PACE financing is one of the best tools we have to make immediate progress toward meeting our climate change goals.  It takes advantage of the best aspects of public-private partnerships to allow individual homeowners and business owners to save money, reduce carbon emissions and create jobs.  That’s why so many state and local governments around the USA have adopted it in the last year." she said.

Presentations and resource material from the conference can be downloaded here

Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference 27-28 October 2010

The Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 is an international platform for government, private sector, and civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy. ICLEI South Asia was involved in organizing two events during the high-profile international conference, serving to put a spot light upon local governments in the renewable energy dialogue. 

Day 1: day long Official Parallel Event ‘Strategy for Sustainable Habitats’

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ICLEI South Asia, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Mirabilis Advisory jointly organized an official parallel event on the sidelines of the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 on 27 October 2010. The event, “Strategy for Sustainable Habitats” focused on the development of sustainable habitats within urban centers in India, with special emphasis on the role of local governments in developing green cities, and the development of green areas within cities. Over 200 participants ranging from academia to government attended this day long event that served to further inform the ongoing discussions in India on environment, energy and sustainability in India’s rapidly growing and developing urban areas. 

Day 2: State and Local Governments Session in Main DIREC programme: 

ICLEI South Asia, in collaboration with the MNRE, organized a session on state and local governments in the main programme of DIREC. This session, held on Day 2 of the conference, attracted over 80 participants. The session consisted of a panel discussion to develop consensus on the role that state and local governments should play in promoting and adopting renewable energy in India’s cities.

Presentations made by the Urban Climate project team during the conference can be downloaded here :

Keynote presentation: Eric Martinot
Technical session 1: Alpana Mitra, Rajkot Municipal Corporation

National Workshop on "Creating Low Carbon & Sustainable Indian Cities at Rajkot on 15th -16th September" 2009

A two day workshop was organized by ICLEI South Asia on 15th -16th September 2009 in partnership with Rajkot Municipal Corporation. 

The workshop included:

  • Sharing progress of Urban Climate Project: Building Clean and Efficient Cities funded under the Asia Pacific Partnership program by the US department of State
  • Informing the various participating city governments about implementable actions to achieve low carbon and sustainable development

The workshop was supported by British High Commission & US Department of State. It was well attended by representatives from participating project cities, satellite cities, government officials, international organizations & local NGOs, research organizations, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers of RE & EE products.


Sustainable Energy Practices in US Cities: Vatsal Bhatt, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Financing Renewable Energy, Ashok Emani, IDFC Ltd
Application of RE & EE in Urban Health Sector
Beating Congestion & Improving Public Transport
Rajkot Municipal Corporation
Climate Finance and Technology
TATA BP Solar India Limited
Creating low carbon and sustainable Indian cities

International Workshop on Improved Urban Environment, Coimbatore, March 2009

ICLEI-South Asia conducted a one and half day international workshop on including clean technology and efficiency measures while Developing Infrastructure Projects for Improved Urban Environment at Coimbatore on 13-14 March 2009.

The workshop was supported by United States – Department of State, and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)-Advisory Services in Environmental Management (ASEM) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and was organized by ICLEI SA in partnership with National Institute of Urban Affairs. It included:

• Launch of Urban Climate Project: Building Clean and Efficient Cities funded under the Asia Pacific Partnership program by the US department of State
• Present the Assessment of the Urban Environment Accords supported by the GTZ India
• Discussions & deliberations on energy status, the Kyoto protocol, CDM and post 2012 climate negotiations under the Climate Roadmap project supported by British High Commission

There were more than 85 participants in the workshop from various fields including mayors, commissioners and engineers from more than 15 cities, government departments, institutions as well as NGOs and private bodies. Apart from presentations on specific projects of ICLEI SA, sector specific presentations were made by experts on water, waste water, transportation, solid waste, and housing.

The presentations at the different sessions at the workshop can be downloaded below:


About the UCP Project: "Ashish Rao Ghorpade, ICLEI SA"
About Urban Projects by Coimbatore: "Mr. S. Palaniswamy, Chairman, CTAG"
About Urban projects by Rajkot: "Ms. Alpana Mitra, Rajkot Municipal Corporation"
The Water and Waste Water Sector: "Prof.  S. Chary, ASCI, Hyderabad"
Drainage and Conservation of Water Bodies: "Dr. Subrata Pani, Scientist, Lake Conservation Authority, Bhopal"
Solid waste management: "Mr. U. Bindu Madhav, Independent Expert"
Transportation and roads: "Mr. Abhijit Lokre, CEPT"
Implementing urban projects: "Dr. Regina Dube, GTZ"
Residential/Institutional - Community: "Ms. Radha Eshwar, BCIL, Bangalore"
Institutional Example of Kovai Medical Center and Hospital: " Dr. U. K. Ananthapadmnabhan, President, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore"
Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Projects at the University of Colorado Denver, USA: "Dr. Kevin Rens and Ms Luann Rudolph, University of Colorado Denver, USA"
Sharing good practices - PEARL: "Prof. Chetan Vaidya, Director, NIUA"
The Urban Environment Accords: Bedoshruti Sadhukhan, ICLEI SA
City of Nagpur: "P D Urade, Nagpur Municipal Corporation"
Planning Level Interventions for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change: "Prof Ravi Anand, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad"
City of Vadodara: "Subodh Shah, Vadodara Municipal Corporation"
City of Bhubaneshwar: "Piyush Rout, CMA, Orissa"

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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