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India’s Leading Institutions Plan Carbon-Free Transport for Cities

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) will work together to make Udaipur, Rajkot, and Vishakhapatnam low-carbon cities. This will be the first transportation project to be financed by the United Nations Environment Project (UNEP).

The institutes will work together to coordinate policies at the national level to achieve a sustainable transport system and enhance capacity of cities to improve mobility with lower carbon dioxide emissions.

Methodologies for appropriate infrastructure and technology options for emission reductions will also be developed by studying the freight movement in each city.

The Ministry of Environment & Forests and the Ministry of Urban Development have jointly launched a project — ‘Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India’ — which will push for low-carbon public transportation in cities across India.

CEPT will focus on inclusiveness and mobility; IIT-D will handle the technological aspects; and IIM-A will make an integrated plan for low-carbon, pollution-free transport system in these cities.

The project will also create an online network for information sharing and coordination to facilitate better cooperation among stakeholders and to encourage public engagement.

India’s transport sector is the second-largest contributor of carbon dioxide emissions. Increased vehicular use in recent years has led to increase in congestion, accidents, noise, and local air pollution, particularly in urban areas. Initiatives like this will help to create a model pathway for low-carbon transport in India that can serve as an inspiration to other developing countries.

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Mridul currently works as Head-News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia.


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