In news– The World Economic Forum(WEF) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) recently have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a jointly designed ‘Sustainable Cities India program’.
About the programme-
- It aims to create an enabling environment for cities to generate decarbonization solutions across the energy, transport, and the built environment sectors.
- It intends to enable cities to decarbonize in a systematic and sustainable way that will reduce emissions and deliver resilient and equitable urban ecosystems.
- The WEF and NIUA will adapt the Forum’s City Sprint process and Toolbox of Solutions for decarbonization in the context of five to seven Indian cities across two years.
- The City Sprint process (CSP) is a series of multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder workshops involving business, government, and civil society leaders to enable decarbonization, especially through clean electrification and circularity.
- CSP will help to jumpstart and/or accelerate net zero planning and action.
- The CSP uses the Toolbox of Solutions – a digital platform containing over 200 examples of clean electrification, efficiency and smart infrastructure best practices and case studies across buildings, energy systems and mobility from over 110 cities around the world.
- This initiative is particularly noteworthy as India has committed to turn net zero by 2070 as a climate mitigation response at COP26.
About WEF’s Net Zero Carbon Cities-
- Its mission is to create an enabling environment for clean electrification and circularity, resulting in urban decarbonization and resilience.
- The program aims to do this by fostering public-private collaboration to bridge the gap across the energy, built environment and transport sectors.
About National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)-
- Established in 1976, the NIUA is India’s leading national think tank on urban planning and development.
- As a hub for the generation and dissemination of cutting-edge research in the urban sector, NIUA seeks to provide innovative solutions to address the challenges of a fast urbanizing India, and pave the way for more inclusive and sustainable cities of the future.
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