As a part of ongoing work on with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to enable the acceptance and use of e-vehicles in Thane, the project team presented and discussed their findings of a comprehensive report on Electric Vehicles (EVs)
Odisha’s urban population has been growing rapidly and the rise in urbanization has led to an emergence of many urban growth centres across the state. Areas like Cuttack, Jatni, Khurda Town, Chowdwar, Barang and Puri (together termed as Bhubaneswar urban mobility area) have formed a large urban agglomeration hub. The rise in urban activities coupled with the rise in economic activities have generated greater travel demand across this region.
Fifty two percent of Bengaluru’s trip share is composed of private transportation. This project is therefore focused on creating an eco-friendly public transport system by introducing electric buses. The project will ensure a 30 percent reduction in CO2 emission (14,879 tonnes/day) by 2021 vis-à-vis a business-as-usual scenario (21,255 tonnes/day).
Stakeholders in this project include Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), bus manufacturers, battery manufacturers, and utility and private operators.
Seventy-five percent of Thane’s trip share is composed of two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws, which degrades the city’s air quality. Eco-Cities India is collaborating with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to accelerate a shift toward the adoption of e-vehicles for commuters. Through this project, a 43 percent reduction in CO2 emission (3,981 tonnes/day) is expected in 2021 vis-à-vis a business-as-usual scenario (5,687 tonnes/day).
Eighty-one percent of Bhubaneswar’s public transport trip share is dominated by diesel-run auto-rickshaws, which are responsible for notable carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. To improve the city’s air quality, the government wants to introduce electric three-wheelers. Eco-Cities India Program is collaborating with Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in achieving this goal. The project is expected to result in 30 percent reduction in CO2 emission (1,349 tonnes/day) by 2021 vis-à-vis a business-as-usual scenario (1,928 tonnes/day).
A workshop was conducted to discuss the findings of a feasibility study on financing opportunities for energy efficiency technologies among SMEs in targeted cities.
Key areas of discussion included the importance of showcasing energy efficiency/renewable energy business cases for FIs. The technical trainings being conducted for FI/ MSMEs were also discussed. The workshop was attended by SIDBI, HDFC, Canara Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, IDBI Bank, Yes Bank, among others.
A SAMEEEKSHA workshop was held to discuss the funding of energy efficiency projects in the MSME sector. Participants from SIDBI, SBI, Yes Bank, GiZ, AfD, BEE, TERI, and QCI amongst others discussed the ongoing energy efficiency projects, the potential models and opportunities for collaboration.
Maharashtra enjoys 250-300 days of clear sun with an average radiation of 4.5 to 5.5 kWh/square metre over a day, and holds the capacity to generate 1.5 million unit/MW year through grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems. To make optimum use of this energy, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) will implement 4700 MW-capacity rooftop solar projects by the year 2022. The MEDA will execute the projects in Thane, Pune, Pimpri, and an area in Mumbai with support from the Eco-Cities India Program.
As a part of the activities planned to encourage developers to scale up Green Affordable Housing and in order to evaluate relevant technologies and develop a pilot for scale up, a site visit was led by the IFC Green Buildings team, IIT Madras and Saint Gobain to the IIT Tirupati campus with participation from the Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium (SHLC) members.
Awareness workshop for the Clean e-Bhubaneswar project conducted across different colleges in Bhubaneswar. The workshop was designed to motivate students to become advocates for proper E-Waste handling and to motivate collection of E-Waste in their communities through an E-Waste collection drive and a challenge.