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Climate Smart Cities

As of: October 2021

Dynamic urbanisation, rapid population growth, and changing consumer and mobility behaviour are posing challenges to India’s urban infrastructure. As key sources of greenhouse gas emissions, cities play an important role in national climate protection policy. However, local capacities are not yet sufficient to efficiently implement local climate strategies and/or urban development projects with an impact on the climate. The project anchors climate-friendly solutions in the planning and implementation of projects of the Indian government’s Smart Cities Programme. It advises the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), cities and federal states on climate-friendly infrastructure and urban development, the development of competencies of city administrations and training institutions, and on network formats. Furthermore, the project supports the German-Indian policy dialogue on climate-friendly urban development. The project contributes to the achievement of national climate targets and urban SDGs.

State of implementation/results

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) celebrated on 25 June 2021 the sixth anniversary of the Indian Smart City Mission. During this event, the ministry presented the results of the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF 2.0) which has been developed with the support of the BMU (…). Furthermore, the Climate Smart Cities-Self Assessment Tool (CSC-SAT) which has been developed within the Climate Smart Cities project was launched (… ).
  • On 03.05.2021 the third meeting of the German-Indian Joint Working Group on sustainable urbanization took place.
  • The implementation of specific pilot measures in the Indian cities of Kochi (Kerala), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and Bhubaneshwar (Orissa) to anchor climate-friendly solutions in urban management in the areas of urban green planning, green buildings, rainwater management, management of construction and demolition waste as well as household waste is going on.
  • In Kochi, a citywide Climate Action Plan has been prepared with support of the project.
  • NIUA has established the Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) to steer the implementation of the CSCAF and support cities in ensuring that their urban planning and development actions are informed by climate risks and enhanced by climate action.
  • Stakeholders from 100 cities have been trained to improve monitoring of CSCAF in their cities.
  • Study tours to Germany for promoting Indo-German exchange between relevant stakeholders in the area of sustainable urban development were organized and Peer-to-peer exchange with German Cities that are part of the International Smart Cities Network (ISCN) is supported.

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) - India

Implementing partner(s):
  • Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik (DIFU) - Germany
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
  • Technische Universität Berlin

BMU grant:
4.760.000,00 €

06/2018  till  11/2022


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