ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
India Climate Change Programme
HSBC, the world's first carbon neutral bank, launched a climate change programme for India together with four world-class environmental organisations - The Climate Group, Earthwatch Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and WWF. Through its partners HSBC will work with research institutions, businesses and individuals to combat the impact of climate change on forests, freshwater, cities and people.

In India, the climate programme involves sustainable water resource management in the Ganges river basin focusing on biodiversity and human livelihoods, sustainable water usage by industry and sustainable energy usage in local cities.

WWF India will be working in the Ganges river basin from Gangotri in the Himalayan foothills to Kanpur in northern India on various aspects of environmental flows of rivers, climate impact on glaciers and preparation for climate change effects in vulnerable communities. ICLEI South Asia will work as a partner to WWF India in their Climate Change Program in India. The two organizations will collaborate to have joint projects to promote and advocate - measures for co-management of water and energy in urban areas; promote sustainable use of natural resources and consumption practices in urban areas; promote and pilot innovative approaches in water resource management, energy use, and municipal waste, develop innovative initiatives; and campaigns such as rating/footprint disclosure of urban local bodies which promote sustainable development and capture the minds of decision makers, investors and key stakeholders as well as work on initiatives of biodiversity conservation, natural resources and promote management systems such as ecoBUDGET in the context of rapid urbanization.


ICLEI  South Asia with support from WWF India will undertake a detailed energy audit of the water and waste water systems and also undertake water quality analysis in two selected cities on the banks of the Ganga River i.e. Kanpur and Meerut. The aim of these activities will be to:

  • Determine energy efficiency of the water and waste water systems in the two cities
  •  Identify areas of improvement in energy consumption, efficiency and conservation
  • Provide recommendations on low cost and no cost solutions to improve energy efficiency and demand side management of energy in water and waste water systems
  • Identify areas with contaminated or polluted water and sources of pollution of water
  • Suggest measures for improvement of water quality and effective management systems


ICLEI South Asia with support from WWF India will meet the local governments of both Kanpur and Meerut, secure the mandate from the local governments and formalize the partnership with the cities through a Memorandum of Understanding. ICLEI South Asia will undertake an energy audit of the water and waste water treatment systems in the two cities, as well as an analysis of the water quality in the city. ICLEI South Asia will provide recommendations on the energy efficiency of the water and waste water systems in the two cities on the basis of the energy audit. The water quality analysis will help to understand the ecological status of the water source, identify problems and suggest solutions for the same.