Climate Research in India: Platforms, Policy Papers and Research Projects

Promoting sustainable urbanisation, including integrated policies and measures to improve resource efficiency, adapt to climate change and reduce the environmental burden posed by cities, is part of climate action initiatives in India.

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of platforms, policy papers, and research projects related to cities and the role they play in climate change.

Cities and Climate Change

An overview of research projects, policy papers, reports and opinions by Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi. The analyses of aspects of cities such as energy access; infrastructure; healthy local environments; and economic growth; with respect to concerns such as climate change mitigation and adaptations. Case studies are from the Indian cities of Rajkot, Gujarat and Coimbatore.


Climate, Food and Environment

This page gives an overview of issue briefs, books, commentaries, reports and expert articles on the topic of cities and environment by Observer Research Foundation (ORF).


How Robust are Urban India’s Clean Air Plans? An Assessment of 102 Cities

This report by Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) assesses 102 cities in India for the clean air plan identified by the Government and makes suggestions on the integration of these components into existing city action plans. The key area of analysis of energy security, inclusivity- access to energy services for all and pollutant emissions.


SDG India Index 2020-21

The report by NITI Aayog on behalf of Government of India and United Nations examines SDG progress made by India and provides an overview of the country’s social, environmental and economic status, also tracking progress made at levels of States and Union Territories. It reviews opportunities related to accelerate SDG progress in India and to strengthen the country’s data collection and analysis capacities.


Driving Climate Action: State Leadership in India

This report by The Climate Group seeks to substantiate the role of Indian states in driving climate action and economic growth. It also offers recommendations on how they can be more strategic in evaluating and accelerating their action.


An Overview of Smart Cities in India

This report by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) analyses the Smart Cities Mission with respect to the projects proposed, their financing and the governance model it proposes. Further, it analyses the forms of citizen participation planned in the mission.

A Sustainable Development Framework for India’s Climate Policy

This study by Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) takes a bottom-up approach to Sustainable Development in India and tries to understand the implications for the economy, energy trajectories, emissions and costs.


Reconceptualising Smart Cities: A Reference Framework for India

This study by The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog and Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) positions itself against the ambiguities of the larger concept of smart cities and India’s Smart Cities Mission. It raises questions to identify knowledge gaps and set a direction for future research on the topic.


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