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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

Water & Solid Waste Management


Every year, India generates an estimated 62 million tons of waste. Of that amount, between 75 and 80 per cent is collected by municipal authorities. Worse, of the amount collected, only about 22 to 28 per cent is processed and treated. And that is today. By the year 2050, world waste production is expected to touch approximately 27 billion tons per year.

Green Buildings


India is home to some of the fastest growing cities on the planet. Per UN estimates, the country’s urbanisation rate is already greater than 34 percent, set to cross 50 percent by 2050. Reports also suggest that over the next thirty years, about 900 million rural Indians will migrate to urban areas.

Urban Transport


By the year 2031, an estimated 600 million people are expected to be living in Indian cities.

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Promoting Competitive SMES

To understand the barriers before SME financing, TERI, on behalf of IFC, undertook a “Feasibility study for the SME EE finance project” under the Eco-Cities India Program. The study focused on identification and analysis of small-scale industry clusters/sectors in and around the cities of Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Bangalore and Greater Mumbai. After the study, the Program has identified three key financing needs in the energy efficiency sector:-

Rooftop Solar PV in Thane & Pune

The project aims at installing grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems on the rooftops of residential, commercial, and industrial premises in Thane and Pune through Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA). The electricity generated from the solar systems could either be entirely fed into the grid at regulated feed-in-tariffs or used for self-consumption with the net-metering approach.

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