A Workshop on Framing the National Challenge Framework on Climate Smart Cities and Air Pollution Mitigation

Rapid urbanization is posing a challenge for sustainable development of our cities. Urban areas are responsible for considerable energy consumption and GHG emissions which attributes to climate change. It is observed that nearly 44% of India's rapidly growing carbon emissions have urban origins, emanating from transport, industry, buildings and waste. This imposes huge risks towards increased water stress, heat island effect, increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as urban floods. This unprecedent growth is leading to negative consequences for environment and wellbeing of its citizens. Rapidly growing carbon emissions are making our cities vulnerable and imposing huge risks for environment and human beings.