Deadly pollution levels, rapid urbanization, and rising incidence of climate disasters are all making communities in India increasingly vulnerable to climate change. NRDC India is focused on city-led programs connected to national policies to mitigate air pollution and build climate resilience to extreme heat.
Air Quality, Public Health and Climate are Intricately Connected
- Demand for electricity to keep people cool and safe from sweltering heat is critical
- Substituting solar energy for coal combustion can help meet rising cooling demand and improve air quality, and cool roof deployments can dampen energy demand for cooling buildings
- To motivate stronger climate ambition, NRDC India is leading an applied analysis in Ahmedabad with experts to identify near-term health gains from cleaner air and longer-term climate benefits
- NRDC’s policy-relevant analysis is directly informed by India's Paris Commitments & National Cooling Action Plan
Clean Air Strategies
Develop and ensure implementation of sector-specific emission reduction roadmaps in Ahmedabad and Pune.
Identify three new cities to develop Air Information and Response Plans and subsequent sector-specific roadmaps.
Scale communications about air pollution health risk to vulnerable communities across targeted states and cities.
Expand the scope of Heat Action Plans (HAPs) with cool roofs and regularly update temperature thresholds for early warning systems.
Build local evidence for the strong linkage between climate actions and health co-benefits.
Clean Air Publications
Building Smart from the Start: Implementation of Energy Saving Building Codes in Uttar Pradesh
Towering Possibilities in India: Scaling up the Implementation of Energy Conservation Building Across States
Getting Cities Climate-Ready: The Story of India’s First Mandatory Energy Efficient Building Compliance System...
Online Compliance System for Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) For Hyderabad
Climate Resilience Lead