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India accounts for nearly 6.5% of the global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) with almost half of the country’s emissions having urban origins - emanating from industries, transport modes, buildings, and waste.
This, coupled with rapid urbanization and the depletion and degradation of natural resources escalates the occurrence of more frequent and severe climate events. Indian cities are particularly vulnerable to water stress, prolonged hot (or cold) days, heat island effect, flash floods, urban water logging, droughts, and deteriorating air quality.
So, it is critical that cities chart pathways for an equitable transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.
WRI India Ross Center is helping advance the ClimateSmart Cities action plan through –
To enable the 100 Smart Cities and AMRUT cities to assess their climate preparedness and develop a roadmap of climate actions, the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) was launched on 11th September 2020. The CSCAF 2.0 consists of toolkits and evaluation metrics based on 28 diverse indicators across five sectors -
On 11th January 2021, WRI India signed an MoU with Climate Centre for Cities (within National Institute of Urban Affairs) to become a key member of the ClimateSmart Cities Alliance. The MoU was signed by Dr. O.P. Agrawal (CEO, WRI India) and Mr. Hitesh Vaidya (Director, NIUA).
“Cities are both powerful and vulnerable actors in the struggle against climate change. The ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework is developed after an extensive consultative process. It will facilitate cities to adopt, implement and disseminate the best practices and contribute towards the green, sustainable and urban resilient habits.”
Joint Secretary & Mission Director
Smart Cities Mission, Government of India
"The collaboration between NIUA and WRI India is a step towards mainstreaming climate actions in our cities. It will strive towards developing carbon neutral cities by adopting appropriate climate measures, especially strengthening capacities at the local level."
National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)