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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

Bhubaneswar Low Income Housing

IFC has assisted the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) to structure a public-private partnership for the design and construction of a greenfield housing project in Bhubaneswar, using private capital for the creation of affordable housing. A development agreement with the SPV formed by the selected bidder was signed in June 2017.

Odisha Programmatic Street Lighting

The objective of this project is to implement energy efficiency measures in the public street lighting system across five cities (Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Cuttack, Sambalpur and Rourkela) in the state of Odisha. IFC has provided transaction advisory support to the Government of Odisha (GoO) to identify a private sector partner to implement the project through a transparent competitive bid process.

Odisha Solar Park

IFC is assisting the government of Odisha to implement grid connected solar photovoltaic power projects at several different locations identified by the government. Seven sites distributed across six districts—Balasore, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Boudh, Kalahandi and Angul—have been identified.

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