Indo-German Support project for Climate Action in India

The Indian government is targeting an unconditional reduction in emissions by 33% to 35% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, according to Indian NDC. The project supports theMinistry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) with the coordination and implementation of Indian climate and biodiversity policies. The project aims to strengthen capacities of selected decision makers at the national and state level to develop innovative approaches for implementation of India’s NDCs and climate policy. The project develops models for public-private sector collaboration implementing demonstration projects in selected states to establish a climate co-benefit roadmap. Aligned to priorities of the MoEFCC, project activities focus on two selected areas: circular economy and biodiversity. The project implements the interface function for IKI projects in India to foster synergies.

Project data

IKI funding
10,000,000.00 €
04/2021 till 03/2026
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
Implementing Partner
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) - India

State of implementation/results

  • The project supports the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) with the coordination and implementation of Indian climate and biodiversity policies, in particular India’s updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
  • The project focuses on the development of methodologies for the accounting of climate co-benefits, measured in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions or sinks, for programmes of the Government of India that do not have a specific climate focus. Aligned with priorities of the MoEFCC, the methodologies will be developed in the focus areas of circular economy/resource efficiency and biodiversity/forests.
  • The project is developing climate co-benefits-based methodologies so that mitigation and adaptation impacts can be reported to support India’s NDC commitments and the Paris Agreement. Further, the methodologies can be used by public and private sector companies for accounting of climate impacts and trading on carbon markets, thus accelerating investments in low carbon pathways.
  • The project is cooperating with public sector enterprises including the umbrella organisation Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) as well as with the private sector and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). SCOPE members include giant state enterprises for coal, gas, steel, oil and are responsible for 87% of India’s GHG emissions.
  • The project supported the public enterprise Northern Railway and the Varanasi Municipal Corporation to transform the Central Railway Station into a model Zero Waste station including a Closed loop model for wastewater treatment and the planting of a high-density urban forest (Miyawaki plantation), with all measures offering multiple climate co-benefits.
  • The project implements the IKI India Interface function jointly with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Currently 43 IKI projects in India are aligned for networking and knowledge exchange to build and foster synergies of the IKI portfolio in India. A quarterly “IKI India & Climate Policy” Newsletter is published.
  • The project supports German Ministries in implementation of the new Indo-German Green and Sustainable Development Partnership (GSDP), the multilateral Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) and the German support on request of the MoEFCC for India’s G20 presidency 2023.

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