Improving Energy Efficiency in the Indian Railways System (September 2011 - December 2017)In partnership with the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, the project supports efforts to improve energy efficiency in the Indian Railways, which accounts for roughly 2.5 percent of the total electricity consumption in India. The focus is on institutional capacity development, technical training, implementation of energy-efficient technologies and sharing knowledge on best practices.
5th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme (2012–2016)Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Small Grants Programme (SGP) supports initiatives that demonstrate community-based, innovative, gender sensitive and participatory approaches. Under the programme, grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support community-level initiatives that help conserve global biodiversity, mitigate climate change, protect international waters, reduce the impacts of persistent organic pollutants and prevent land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods.In India, the programme has been supported through the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) since 2000.
Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phase out Management Plan Stage-I (2014-2016)In partnership with the Ozone Cell (Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Government of Germany, the project aims to facilitate India’s compliance with the Montreal Protocol control targets for consumption of Annex-C, Group-I substances (HCFCs) for 2013 and 2015, with minimal impacts on the national economy, environment and health. To achieve this, the aim is to implement a combination of interventions such as technology transfer investments, policy and regulatory actions, technical assistance, training and capacity-building, awareness generation and monitoring in selected HCFC consuming sectors.
Institutional Strengthening Project (2004-2016)In partnership with the Ozone Cell (Ministry of Environment and Forests & Climate Change, Government of India), the project aims to provide necessary resources to enable Article-5 Countries (developing countries) to strengthen a mechanism to facilitate expeditious implementation of projects for speedy and effective phase-out of the controlled substances under the Montreal Protocol. The project also aims to ensure the effective liaison between the country on the one hand, and the Executive Committee (Ex-Com), the Multilateral Fund (MLF) Secretariat, and the Implementing Agencies on the other.
Energy Efficiency Improvements in the India Brick Industry (2009-2016)The manufacturing of bricks typically using traditional firing technologies is a significant source of air pollution. The objective of this project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India is to make India’s five major brick producing clusters more energy efficient by creating appropriate infrastructure that encourages adoption of new and improved technologies.
Scale-up of Access to Clean Energy for Rural Productive and Domestic Use (2015-2019)In partnership with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, the project aims to demonstrate and develop the market for Renewable Energy Technology Packages for Rural Livelihoods (RETPRLs) in three selected states—Assam, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The RETPRLs include: solar lighting systems; solar and/or biomass waste–powered micro grids for common facilities; solar irrigation pumps; improved commercial biomass cook-stoves; poultry-litter-based biogas plants; poultry-litter-based briquetting units; solar dryers for vegetables, spices and fish; solar-powered milk chillers; and cold rooms for storage of horticultural produce. The target livelihood sectors include poultry, fisheries, dairy, horticulture, khadi (homespun cloth) and silk weaving, bamboo, and commercial cooking (e.g. tea stalls, sweet shops and street food vendors).
Capacity Development Initiative: GEF Cell and SGP India (2007-2012)In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the purpose of the project is to enable India to effectively access, utilize and monitor resources secured from the Global Environment Facility through strengthening institutional capacity of the special unit set up within the Ministry.
Biomass Energy for Rural India (2002-2012)In partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of Karnataka, the project aims to build capacity of rural communities and other stakeholders to overcome barriers in promoting the use of renewable and bio-energy technologies.
Strengthening Climate Sensitive Planning and Implementation (2012-2015)In partnership with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and State Governments, the project aims to assist the government in addressing its national developmental and environmental priorities while meeting its obligations under key multilateral environmental agreements, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; strengthen the information base and institutional capacities to incorporate climate change considerations within the planning and implementation processes at various levels in the country; support sub-national climate change planning and implementation processes; and contribute to developing relevant knowledge products and undertaking capacity building programmes.
Climate Change Adaptation (2011-2014)The project, in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development, aims to address a crucial dimension of vulnerabilities by supporting specific activities to enhance climate change induced risk management capacities (adaptation, disaster mitigation and risk reduction) in districts across flood-prone areas of Odisha and drought-prone areas of Madhya Pradesh.
Sustainable Urban Transport Programme (2009-2015)The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, aims to strengthen capacities of government agencies national/state urban transport departments, municipal corporations and transport experts engaged in urban transport planning and regulations to reduce urban transport emissions causing environmental damage. The project will also demonstrate sustainable urban transport models in 10 cities in the country.
Disaster Risk Reduction (2009-2012)In partnership with the National Disaster Management Authority, the project aims to raise awareness and build resilience of the communities to disaster-related risks, and to strengthen the capacities of the state and district Disaster Management Authorities to better deal with disasters and post-disaster recovery efforts.
Kosi Flood Recovery and Reconstruction (2009-2011)The 2008 Kosi floods affected three million people in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. In partnership with the government of Bihar, this project supported recovery processes in the aftermath of the floods, including settlement and habitat planning to reduce disaster risk. An owner-driven reconstruction pilot has since been upscaled across flood-affected districts in the state.
India’s Second National Communication to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2007-2013)As a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), India submitted its Initial National Communication in 2004. The project, with support from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, aims to support the preparation and submission of India’s Second National Communication (SNC) to UNFCCC. The SNC will focus on strengthening the capacities created during the early phase, and to take into account the changing national priorities and developmental needs.
Conservation and Sustainable use of Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve's Coastal Biodiversity (2002-2013)The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, home to one of the world’s richest concentrations of marine species is under threat as a result of habitat destruction, over-harvesting of marine resources and civic pollution. In response to the threat, this project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India demonstrates the possibilities of sustainable community-led conservation of coastal areas, and integration of conservation activities in coastal zone management plans.
Transforming and Strengthening the Global Solar Water Heating Market (2008-2013)As part of a six-country global project across Albania, Algeria, Chile, India, Lebanon and Mexico, the India project referred to as the global solar water heating (GSWH) project was started in December 2008. The GSWH project aims to accelerate the transformation of the SWH market through creating awareness on SWH technologies; providing quality assurance by helping set standards and specifications; demonstrating innovative investment methods; building the needed capacities in the supply chain; and helping establish a supportive regulatory environment.
Energy Efficiency in Steel Re-rolling Mills (2004-2013)Steel production is an energy-intensive process that generates a large amount of solid waste and greenhouse gases. In partnership with the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, the project aims to increase energy efficiency of steel re-rolling mills sector, reduce associated emissions and enable penetration of environmentally-sustainable, energy efficient technologies in this sector.
Energy Conservation in Small Sector Tea Processing Units in South India (2008-2012)The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, aims to introduce energy conservation measures in the firewood intensive tea sector in south India by addressing information, technology and financial barriers that stand in the way of greater adoption of energy conservation technologies and practices.
Natural Resources Conservation Outside Protected Areas (2009-2012)The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, supports community-initiated conservation efforts outside designated protected areas in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. This includes strengthening the capacity of communities to monitor and sustainably manage their resources.
Urban Risk Reduction (2009-2012)In partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the project aims to strengthen capacities of institutions and other stakeholders such as municipal officers, planners, NGOs, etc to manage risks in 56 cities across the country.
Access to Clean Energy (2009-2012)The project, in partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, aims to enhance access to clean and renewable energy for livelihoods in remote un-electrified villages in the selected seven United Nations Development Assistance Framework states of India.
Capacity Building for Addressing Climate Change (2010-2012)To ensure that national climate change policies are modified or adapted to meet the needs of the states, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, this project aims to strengthen capacities of state governments and other stakeholders both nationally, and across the states to address climate change challenges.
UNDP is committed to promoting low carbon, climate resilient and inclusive development. We support the Government of India in meeting national development objectives along with commitments under important multilateral environment agreements. Key areas of intervention are climate change (mitigation and adaptation), sustainable natural resource management (conserving biodiversity and addressing land degradation) and integrated chemical management (phasing out of ozone depleting substances and reducing persistent organic pollutants).