Stories of Change

  • Innovating to Achieve Energy Efficiency

    Companies in the highly polluting steel-rerolling sector in India are introducing measures to improve energy efficiency as a result of a partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel. In doing so, they are demonstrating that the industry can become more energy efficient, more environmentally conscious and more profitable. Mr. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, UNDP visited one such success story in Jaipur, Rajasthan and saw first-hand how the company has innovated to improve productivity and reduce specific fuel consumption.

  • Protectors of the Forest: Communities Reverse Land Degradation in Madhya Pradesh

    A UNDP partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh, funded by Global Environment Facility has helped in restoring over 14,000 hectares of land, reducing soil erosion and raising the incomes of local communities by as much as 40 percent.

  • Pay-As-You-Save: Solar Energy for Industrial Heating

    As a result of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and supported by Global Environment Facility, the installation of solar water heating systems in India has increased by 20 percent each year. In addition, the partnership has also resulted in a saving of 3.57 million units of electricity, and a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 1.66 million tCO2.

  • Easing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s Biodiversity

    UNDP has partnered with the Government of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate the possibilities of conserving the environment and encouraging sustainable development processes in the Gulf of Mannar.

  • The Biodiversity Challenge-Supporting India's Ecosystems

    Recognising India’s rich biodiversity, the United Nations Development Programme is supporting several initiatives to conserve the country’s rich and diverse ecosystems and demonstrate strategies to reduce poverty.

  • Protecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global Environment

    Since 1993, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a crucial role in the phase- out of ozone depleting substances by the Government of India and has been instrumental in implementing US$ 40 million in multilateral fund projects. As a result of support, India completely phased out production and consumption of Chlorofluorocarbons, carbon tetrachloride and halons, man-made chemicals responsible for the depletion of the Ozone Layer. This remarkable milestone was achieved two years ahead of schedule. With this achievement, India has contributed significantly to this global environmental cause, by reducing 25,000 ozone depleting particles tonnes and a further potential of 23,000 ozone depleting particles.

  • Spreading Like Wild Fire: Forest Dwelling Communities Use Smokeless Cook Stoves

    Close to 2000 households in Karnataka, India are addressing climate change by installing smokeless stoves in their homes. It is reducing carbon dioxide emissions and firewood consumption, and improving the health of these forest dwelling communities

  • Innovations of Steel

    A joint partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel, Government of India and Global Environment Facility is helping energy-intensive steel sector save up to 40 percent on energy consumption enabling entrepreneurs to reap greater profits.

  • ‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste in India

    The Global Healthcare Waste Management project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and supported by WHO and Health Care Without Harm is helping promote best practices in healthcare waste management and mercury waste management at King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, India. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility. As a result of a series of interventions, the hospital has been able to reduce the amount of infectious waste generated by 80 percent due to proper segregation, transportation and treatment of waste practices.

  • My Home, My Way: UNDP Helps Disaster Victims Build Back Better

    A pilot initiative supported by the Government of Bihar and UNDP and implemented by the Owner Driven Reconstruction Collaborative has helped build climate resilient houses devastated by the Kosi floods of 2008 through empowering local communities to own the reconstruction process.

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