Environment and Energy

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).

Our Goals

We aim to incorporate environmental concerns and climate change adaptation measures into development programmes and policies.more


UNDP contributes to the achievement of the Government of India’s sustainability targets and build resilience by addressing climate change, ecosystems management, energy access and efficiency. [Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India]

Photo Essays

  • Saving Energy in the Tea Sector
    Saving Energy in the Tea Sector

    UNDP in partnership with the Tea Board of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and the Global Environment Facility initiated a four year project in 2008, aimed at introducing energy conservation measures in small tea processing factories that could help units save between 15 to 30 percent in energy costs.more

  • People and Seas: Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in Sindhudurg
    People and Seas: Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in Sindhudurg

    Sindhudurg , on the coast of Maharashtra is one of 11 ecologically critical habitats in India. Since 2011, a UNDP partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the government of Maharashtra, is supporting efforts to conserve the enormous biodiversity wealth of the coastal area. The partnership is supported by the Global Environment Facility.more

Stories of Change

  • Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India

    The Sun in the Kitchen
    The Sun in the Kitchen

    There’s just half-an-hour to go before 650 hungry boys come flocking in for lunch. The atmosphere in any other kitchen would have been frenetic, but Raja,more

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  • Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India

    Ray of Hope
    Ray of Hope

    As you enter the premises of SKS Industries in Mysore, Karnataka, you can’t help noticing the enormous amount of natural light filtering through the building almostmore

Projects and Initiatives

Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants Diversity in Three Indian States (March 2008 - June 2015)

In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the project seeks to promote long-term conservation and sustainable use of India’s medicinal plants through forest management policy and practice at national, state and local levels. more

Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem, Andhra Pradesh (June 2011 - March 2016)

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. more

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