Replicating the Project in Other Indian / South Asian / Global Cities

» Measuring in order to understand:

Understanding their energy consumption scenario enabled each city to identify the most appropriate interventions and helped to set priorities setting of the interventions required. Thus, in its logical and sound approach the program is replicable by other
local governments.

» A viable argument for rapidly growing Indian cities:

Coimbatore and Rajkot are experiencing rapid growth and the need for infrastructure development is apparent. Funds for this development are being generated through national programmes such as the JNNURM, and the cities are putting plans in place for its implementation. The Urban Climate Project enabled the city to shift perspective a bit to incorporate clean development and clean technologies in their comprehensive strategy.

» Replicating the interventions:

the specific interventions in each of the project cities are highly replicable in themselves through straightforward and transparent approaches. While some of the interventions are of a higher degree of financial or technical difficulty, they are identified as measures that set in place crucial systems for operations and management within the city corporations.

Replication Highlights
The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)’s role in the Urban Climate Project is to disseminate information about the project to the JNNURM network cities. This is being undertaken through the following initiatives:

"Peer Experience and Reflective Learning" (PEARL) is an initiative under JNNURM by the Ministry of Urban Development to support cities to actively pursue activities in implementation of projects and reforms. Learn more about PEARL visit:

India Urban Portal
UCP partner organization, the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), operates the India Urban Portal. The India Urban Portal is a knowledge collaborative platform that enhances the availability of quality urban information. The goal is to provide an entryway (portal) to urban information, and create a network, community and resources that provide qualified, trusted, and verifiable information and contacts.

Learn more about the India Urban Portal:

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