By base All India
Rapid urbanisation requires adequate provision for urban infrastructure, buildings and services to meet the needs of the increasing population in cities, both effectively and sustainably. However, at the urban level, our understanding of how sustainability and resource efficiency issues might be addressed has been limited. The built environment and within that specifically, environmental norms and energy efficiency are subject to a number of policies, laws and regulations handled in different capacities by a range of Ministries and Departments. They vary by scale – from a level of a building, community or large developments to city level interventions; and also by governance pathways at the local, state and national level. These policies/programmes very often refer to a set of overlapping and sometimes conflicting norms for efficiency in the built environment. Addressing efficiency and sustainability concerns at an urban level offers the potential to optimise energy efficiency interventions with urban design norms, for example, at a community level. To enable this, Shakti partnered with ICLEI, to assess polices which impact urban efficiency and explore possibilities for harmonisation.