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Bhubaneswar adopts its Energy Policy

March 26, 2008

Bhubaneswar (India) has adopted a city level policy on renewable energy and energy efficiency.  

The city of Nagpur has adopted a new energy policy as well.  Together, these cities have set a model for other cities in the region and around the globe by committing to continuously improve their energy conservation drive and promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The policies include interventions in the sectors under local governments jurisdiction like street and public area lighting, water pumping, buildings, waste management, public transport, citizen’s awareness, for example.  These policies provide detailed action plans to achieve targets set in the policy.

The Bhubaneswar Energy Policy specifically includes the targets to:

  • reduce overall city conventional energy consumption by at least two percent from 2005 levels by the year 2012; and
  • achieve a 15 percent reduction overall in conventional energy consumption in municipal services and facilities from 2005 levels by the year 2012.

More and more cities are facing the need to mitigate climate change while already adapting to the changes brought about by climate change.  ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection® (CCP) Campaign is an innovative international campaign that helps local government and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment.   And now, the CCP Campaign is launching the Adaptation Initiative, building capacity for climate change impacts at the local level.  For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Bhubaneswar is one of 11 local governments in India that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in South Asia, please visit www.iclei.org/sasia.

Source:  ICLEI South Asia 2007 Yearly Review.