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About The Program

Eco-Cities India is a multi-year technical advisory program, established under the EU-India Cooperation on Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency. A climate-change focused initiative, the program is structured around five cities—Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, and the Mumbai and Pune metropolitan regions. The program is designed to assist government and civil society in meeting efficiency targets, such as the Nationally Determined Contributions—the pledged reductions in emissions levels and increased focus on climate-resilient development.

Why Focus On Cities ?


of India’s population will be urban by the year 2050

404 million

more people will be living in Indian cities by the year 2050


of the total energy in India is attributable to buildings


in India exceed the acceptable limits of air pollution parameters


increase in India’s carbon emissions since 1971

Key Sectors

Eco-Cities India has focused its efforts on four key urban sectors that, taken together, are significant contributors to emissions and the resultant effects on the environment. These are Urban Transport, Green Buildings, Water &Solid Waste Management, and Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Interventions take many forms, including the development of policy incentives and business initiatives designed to help businesses transition to carbon neutral sources of power, certification standards for eco-friendly construction, as well as city-wide energy mapping and greenhouse gas inventories.

Water & Solid Waste Management
Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

What Our Partners Say

Clean e-Bhubaneswar

The International Finance Corporation is supporting the city of Bhubaneswar in realising the Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project, a first of its kind collaboration between local government and the private sector to address the mounting challenges of E-Waste in cities. The project serves as a model for full scale E-Waste management in cities across India.

Meeting at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA)

Stakeholder discussion chaired jointly by the Joint Secretary of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and the Joint Secretary of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) - Housing For All (PMAY), with senior officers from IFC, Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) and representatives from the Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium (SHLC) with the aim of identifying policy interventions for an enabling environment to scale up susta

Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium

Convened in 2016, Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium (SHLC) is a voluntary private sector consortium led by the CEOs of leading developers and financial institutions to address the inadequacy of resources in a rapidly urbanizing India. Founding members include real estate titans Godrej Properties, Mahindra Lifespace Developers, Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate, Tata Housing Development Company and VBHC Value Homes, as well as financial institutions like HDFC and PNB Housing Finance Corporation.

Green Affordable Housing

To address the shortage of urban housing, approximately 11 million new homes are to be constructed over the next few years under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY). Construction at this scale will put significant strain on the supply of resources like water and electricity, as well as increasing the output of waste materials like greenhouse gasses. To support PMAY in the endeavour to create ‘Housing for All’, but also to mitigate the environmental impact of this massive national project, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) established the Green Affordable Housing program.

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