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Sustainable cities, integrated approach pilot in India

Implementing Agency: UNIDO

Environmental Footprint  

34 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population resides in urban areas.
India is estimated to add over 416 million urban dwellers by 2050.
1.7 metric tons of CO2 emissions per capita are generated each year in India.

Project's Climate Benefits 

An estimated reduction of 0.8 million metric tons of CO2 emissions directly and 5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions indirectly.

Project Focus

The India program focuses on integrating sustainability strategies into urban planning and management practices to create a favorable environment for investments in infrastructure and service delivery. Its key components include the following:

Develop strategies for sustainable urban planning and management based on relevant international guidelines and standards.
Demonstrate technology projects by setting up waste-to-energy and compost plants in Jaipur, Bhopal, and Mysore, and developing sewage treatment plants for electricity-generating methane capture in Guntur and Vijayawada.
Support India’s national urban development programs—such as Swachh Bharat Mission (also known as the Clean India Mission), Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation, and the Urban Transformation and Solar Cities Program—through sustainable planning and management.